“We sell more puzzles than Christmas!” This sentence, spoken by Brian Way, owner ofa toy shop in St. Louis in the United States, says a lot about the atmosphere at the time of the Covid-19 epidemic which affects almost all countries of the world.
In certain regions of the United States, notably those where containment measures have been taken, the population stocks stocks, both of basic necessities but also of entertainment such as puzzles, to ward off boredom.
Before the crisis, Brian Way sold around 1,000 puzzles a day. This figure was multiplied by ten last week, says the manager of Puzzle Warehouse at the Washington Post. The store is currently closed due to the virus, but orders are now placed online.
It remains to be seen if stocks and the means of delivery will meet such demand, worries Brian Way, recently helped by his four children whose schools have closed.
In addition to the twenty usual employees in the warehouse, twenty-four people were hired exceptionally to keep up the pace. Many of them, previously working in retail or catering, found themselves in the technical unemployment.
Have fun otherwise
“There is no sport on TV. Do you really want to turn on the radio or the radio, which only talks about coronavirus? People are fed up and need something else ”explains Brian Way to justify this sudden craze.
In the age of video-on-demand and video games, focusing on calm and satisfying play activity can be good in these times of confinement.
On France 3 Grand Est, several people testify about the return of puzzles to homes. “I used to do it when I was very little. Without the virus, I don't think I would have found the time or the desire. ”, says Constance, a student, currently focused on a puzzle of 4,000 pieces. And for parents confined with their children, it can be an interesting occupation, as it stimulates concentration and reference points in space.
Good luck, anyway, for unicorn puzzles!