You have been probably following the news about the development of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and also get regular updates from local government and health authorities. Your community may be practicing self-isolation already, and your family, employment, hobbies, and other activities may be affected as well. Please stay safe!
On the positive side, LEGO is the perfect hobby to keep yourself occupied, creative, and positive during self quarantine. On the negative side, the LEGO hobby and LEGO company are also affected by the virus. Below, we will summarize what has been happening that’s relevant to LEGO fans.
Many LEGO-related public events have been canceled around the world, and likely many more will follow in the next weeks. To see the list of LEGO events near you and their current status, visit the Events section of the LEGO Ambassador Network at LAN.LEGO.com/Events
Official LEGO brand retail stores are closed until at least the end of the month, with the exception of China. Thousands of people visit LEGO stores each day, and despite all the precautions LEGO has taken to remain open they could no longer guarantee a safe environment for colleagues and costumers. The Online LEGO Shop remains open, so if you need some LEGO sets to help through these tough times, LEGO is still there to serve your needs.
The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark is closed until at least the end of March. If you have purchased a ticket to the LEGO House until March 29th, your ticket will be refunded automatically. For international guests that cannot enter Denmark due to closed borders, tickets will be automatically refunded valid to April 13th. If your ticket is valid after this date the ticket is non-refundable for the time being, but you may be able to move the date by contacting customer service. You can find more information at LEGOHouse.com/Info/Covid-19/
Most LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers are also closed until at least the end of March. If you were planning to visit any of their locations, double-check their website before making the trip. Visit LEGOLAND.com and LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com and choose the location you’re interested in.
Many people who work for the LEGO Group around the world are asked to work from home until further notice. Orders handled by the Online LEGO Shop Consumer Services are operating as usual until further notice. Even though processes are going right now according to plan, things can change fast and we could expect that production sites, supply chains, and operations teams could experience delays at some point. To place an order before anything changes, visit the Online LEGO Shop.
There is one area of the Online LEGO Shop that is already on hold for at least the next couple of weeks. According to the Bricks & Pieces page, due to COVID-19, LEGO had to introduce special measures at all their sites to reduce the risk of infection, including reducing the number of people who can work together at any one time to pick parts for Bricks & Pieces orders. Therefore, buying pieces in bulk isn’t available at the moment. The online Pick-A-Brick section is still open however. Here is the link to the Bricks & Pieces page, and here is the link to the online Pick-A-Brick site.
As you can see, it’s mostly public events that are affected at this point. If you have to stay home, this is a good time to build those LEGO sets you haven’t had the time to open yet, or perhaps rearrange your LEGO displays, or do a bit of sorting. Stay safe, and play well!
What do you think? Is your community affected by COVID-19 at this point? Do you have any questions or concerns that you would like to ask the LEGO Group in relation to the current updates? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!
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