Residents of the city of Wuhan in China, the epicenter of the Corona pandemic, have developed a new way of shopping that fits in with the rules of social separation in response to the virus.
The residents put plastic barriers along the shops to separate them from the owners of these stores during the buying and selling process.
They also relied on their mobile phones for payment when shopping as a substitute for banknotes, which were banned due to concerns that they could transmit Corona virus infection.
General isolation measures began to fade slowly in Wuhan, but not quickly enough for some residents eager to return to buy meat and fresh food themselves after weeks in which they relied on home delivery services.
And neighborhoods in the city are still isolated with plastic walls, two meters high. The beginning of the crisis was imposed to impose a policy of isolation and social separation. This made the population completely dependent on purchasing their needs online.
|In front of a shop in Wuhan (Reuters)|
In a neighborhood, buyers and sellers deal over the wall. In front of the plastic wall, buyers stood on chairs to look at the goods on the other side, and their voices were raised as they asked the sellers at the bottom of the wall for prices. After that, they used payment applications on mobile devices instead of venturing in cash.
Stave off virus danger
White banners were raised on the wall to let shoppers know what is on sale on the other side. Most sellers offer vegetables, rice, oil, and meat, but one of them was showing the crab (lobster), which is one of the most delicious meals in the population.
Some supermarkets also opened their doors today, Wednesday, and one of them attracted a long line of shoppers separating them, one and a half meters apart.
Some wore raincoats or plastic headgear to ward off the virus, all wore gags and seemed happy to finally get rid of ordering online.
|Citizenship trying to avoid friction between sellers and buyers (Getty Images)|
"It was not fresh ... it did not look good and did not taste well," said a 68-year-old man, as he stood in line, about the food commodities that volunteers were delivering during the general isolation period.
"If we go to the supermarket ourselves, the choices will be greater," he added.
Wuhan is preparing to lift its general isolation measures on April 8, and residents will be able to leave the city for the first time since January 23.