Waterstones temporarily closes high street stores

To mitigate possible spread of the Coronavirus, and to protect the wellbeing of customers and staff, all branches of Waterstones will be temporarily closing their doors by the close of trade Monday 23 March until further notice.

Waterstones announced the closure after increasing concern online for the safety of staff and growing awareness of the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Some staff were, understandably, particularly vocal in their concerns on social media, picked up by customers who urged Waterstones to reconsider consider continued high street trading.

“We would like to thank our customers for their messages of support during this most challenging of times, and we very much look forward to the moment we can open our doors once again,” the company said in a brief statement.

“In the meantime, Waterstones.com remains open to serve your reading needs.”

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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