On a day when Vancouver was shutting down playgrounds and Toronto was advising residents to work from home and only eat takeout, the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal had hundreds of e-gamers defying social distancing.
Social media posts showed people lined up around the block--and not the advised six feet apart--at EB Games on Yonge Street and elsewhere.
In Vancouver, Animal Crossing fans were being far more obedient when it came to obeying suggestions that they not leave the house unless it's for something they can't do without.
Jacylen Tew, who's on staff at EB Games' Metrotown location, said that the outlet has taken a measured approach to dealing with people who would rather have a physical copy of a game instead of a download.
"We are only open to people with Animal Crossing preorders and we are separating out when people come in," Tew told the Straight. "There hasn't been a big line today."
Local and international public-health experts have called for social distancing of at least six feet to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.
EB Games Canada came out with a statement today about how it is handling the coronavirus crisis in terms of its retail service. The company said it had introduced in-store line management practices of one metre between customers in checkout lines.