As the one year anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown approaches, The Bookseller is inviting people from across the trade to share their thoughts and experiences.
On 16th March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked people to stop non-essential contact and travel in the UK, with lockdown measures coming into force legally on 26th March. Restrictions have been lifted and reinstated in various different ways across the British Isles since then and it is hoped the vaccines could put an end to all legal restrictions on socialising this summer. In England, restrictions begin to lift from Monday (8th March) as part of the government’s four-step roadmap with children and students returning to educational establishments, with non-essential retail reopening no earlier than 12th April and all limits on social contact predicted to end on 21st June.
The Bookseller is exploring how a year of lockdown has affected the books trade overall and its employees. If you usually work in an office, how do you feel about returning later this year? How do you think the lockdown has affected the way people buy books and how will that change your business? How has the pandemic affected your earnings over the past year? And how do you think the year has affected inequality in publishing?
Please fill in our survey here before our deadline of 9 a.m. on Monday 15th March. The findings will be used for news coverage in The Bookseller, both online and in print.
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