Blackwell’s staff have lost our shops – but we leave with heads held high

On the 1st of June, the day thousands of pupils returned to school as part of the government’s plan to end lockdown, I received a call from my manager. As a bookseller with Blackwell’s, I had been glad when we shut our doors in March to protect the health of our staff and customers. I imagined the call might be to say when I would be taken off furlough for my branch’s re-opening. Instead, my manager told me that our shop was going to stay shut permanently.