From Monday, the university bookstore will be closed for two weeks and plans to “reopen on Monday March 30, although that may change depending on the circumstances.”
“Our main goal is to keep our customers and staff healthy and to comply with all recent regulations and best practices,” Terry Tazioli, University Bookstore Advertising Coordinator, said in an email.
It comes just as Gov. Jay Inslee announces the closure of “bars, restaurants, clubs and gyms” across the state, as well as any gatherings of more than 50 people.
The scheduled reopening date of March 30 is also the first day of UW’s spring term, which will run online until at least April 24 based on another order from the governor. The University Bookstore on the Avenue is where students buy textbooks for class. Customers will still be able to purchase books, and the store offers free shipping on all orders.
“While we’re closed, there will be people at the avenue bookstore to answer your phone calls or take orders,” Tazioli said. “Our online services are available 24/7 to order books. “
A update Sent Monday indicates that, while subject to change, the “college bookstore only offers in-store pickup of course materials at Willow Hall.” The update also noted that book returns for the winter term will be extended until June 5.
“We are reacting as quickly as possible to changing circumstances,” said Louise Little, CEO of the University Book Store, in an email. “Our first priority is to make sure our students and faculty are ready for the spring term.”
Tazioli is currently uncertain how this will affect textbook purchases for the coming quarter.
“They are still working on the impact on the university itself,” Tazioli said. “This is what they are working on as we speak, and to be fair, I can’t answer that because I don’t know.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Contact Armon Mahdavi, Editor-in-Chief of Arts and Entertainment, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @armonmah
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