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Animal Crossing: New Horizons ‘Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today’ meaning

If you’ve started to explore the new dream mechanic in AC: NH, you may have been met with a “Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today” message. If you try to visit Nook’s Cranny or Able Sisters, you won’t be able to enter the stores. This means you aren’t able to see what new stock is on offer, nor will you be able to make any purchases. Here’s what you need to know about the Animal Crossing: New Horizons “Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today” meaning.

What does the ‘Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today’ message mean in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Animal Crossing New Horizons 'Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today' meaning

When visiting a dream island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players will receive the “Due to unusual circumstances, we will be closed today” message when trying to enter either Nook’s Cranny or Able Sisters.

Since dream islands don’t allow the player to keep any items that they collect, from the ground or otherwise, there really isn’t any point in opening up Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sisters store. You wouldn’t be able to take any purchased items with you back to your island.

The “unusual circumstances” mentioned in the message points to your character’s dream-state. Rather than the island being an active location, visited via Dodo Airlines, this is a dream island, which is a saved state that has been uploaded. Other villagers on the island also point out that they are existing within a dream, self-aware of their situation.

Don’t worry about the “closed today” message that appears on dream islands. Once you return back to your own island, you’ll be able to visit both Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sisters stores as normal (assuming you’ve progressed that far into the game).

Now that you know why Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sisters are closed on dream islands, you can get back to exploring the best Dream Address out there. We recommend this guide for some truly impressive locations!