With lockdowns coming to parts of Ontario, Indigo Canada wants bookstores to be called an essential service in the province so that they can stay open.
The Canadian book retailer told The Canadian Press that getting designated as essential would not only help them but independent booksellers and publishers as well.
Under Ontario's lockdown rules, stores are only allowed to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery. No in-person shopping is permitted.
A shut down of physical bookstores would have serious consequences on the well-being of Canadians young and old.
In Toronto and Peel, which begin lockdown on November 23, some businesses are allowed to be open and have in-person shopping like grocery stores, hardware stores, liquor stores, pharmacies and others.
Indigo is not included in that.
"A shut down of physical bookstores would have serious consequences on the well-being of Canadians young and old, as well as the livelihood of authors and booksellers, across the country," the retailer said.
When Doug Ford announced the new restrictions, he asked people to not shop with Amazon and choose local stores instead.
Along with Toronto and Peel going into lockdown, other regions in the province are moving up to a higher zone.