Bookstore Movers has decided for the well-being of both our staff and our clients that we will not perform moves for the second half of April through May 28th. This is without a doubt the most difficult decision we’ve had to make in Bookstore Movers’ history.
Simply put, the severity of the COVID-19 crisis is making running our business increasingly difficult. Public transportation points are closing all over the area, making the very act of getting to work difficult for our movers. Our staff is also stretched on the homefront with unforeseen child care needs and family concerns. The community spread in our area means our staff is feeling increasingly unsafe working out in the field. Many of our movers have young children, they are understandably worried for themselves, and for their families. The bottom line is many of us will get sick if we continue to handle moves. Over the past week local authorities have increasingly emphasized that the majority of us should simply stay home, and that even those like us in “essential services” should limit interactions with others as much as possible.
Because we prioritize the health of our staff and want to do our part to flatten the curve in our community, we’ve made the difficult decision to suspend operations through May 28th. Bookstore Movers is built on the premise that we can serve both our community and our staff well by treating everyone with dignity and respect. For our movers, this means staying home and safe with their loved ones. We believe this is both right and kind. We are taking steps to ensure we can reopen by early June and welcome back all our current employees. Our top management has already taken pay-cuts and freezes, and we are looking into small business loans and other human resource options to protect and provide for our employees.
Please know we did not come to this decision lightly. We are determined to get back to doing what we love as soon as it is safe to do so. The immediate road ahead is difficult but we will do everything we can to ensure that Bookstore Movers is ready to reopen and serve you again in the future.
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