Posted on November 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

England has joined its counterpart across the Channel in pushing for bookstores to be declared essential.

The Guardian reports that the Booksellers Association is requesting this move as the country enters its second coronavirus-related lockdown of the year.

As the group’s managing director points out, other stores that happen to sell books — such as grocery stores — are still open.
Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are in a different stage of COVID restrictions.

England’s call comes while some European countries, like Belgium, have declared bookstores essential; French literary advocates haven’t succeeded in that goal, though the government did block grocery stores from selling books, according to the Guardian

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