We sell physical and virtual gift cards on behalf of a number of retailers here in the UK (so if you went to a retailer's site online and wanted to buy a gift card from them, you're order might actually be handled by us, depending on the retailer).Ser wrote: ↑01 Apr 2020 09:43May I ask what kind of commonly-used service do you work at that you have to work more during the crisis? My father is in the same situation as you, as he works for the liquor distribution services here (which the provincial government has a monopoly on), and since the government and the people consider it essential, they've been regularly asking him if he can work more...sangi39 wrote: ↑31 Mar 2020 21:59I don't think I'll be able to work on this now until the 11th of April. With everything going on with COVID-19, we've become a lot busier at work than everyone had originally expected so we're having to put in extra shifts to keep up with the work load (when doing my homeworking shifts, I could easily cram that into an hour and be comfortably done, now it's creeping up to three hours while having to intentionally leave stuff for when I'm at the office in the morning).
Schools and councils over the past few weeks have been sending out gift cards for certain retailers that sell food as a substitute for free school meals (schools might be closed, for the most part, but it looks like that, because it's still term time, some schools are still taking on the responsibility of paying for the meals of children who would be entitled to free school meals). Some councils are doing something similar for nursing homes as well. And, of course, some people are sending gift cards to family members and friends who are struggling a the moment due to loss of work (if someone steals your money, it's basically lost, but if someone steals a gift card, we can cancel it and replace it, so it has an image of being more secure to send in the post).
It seems that we're considered "essential" or something close to it, and the way certain people are now handling the changes going on, it looks like we can stay open (and it looks like being open in and of itself might be one of the reasons we're getting busier outside of the stuff mentioned above, since people now can't buy gift cards or presents in store, which we don't handle, so they're moving to online purchases as well).