“Need” to buy outweighs fear of covid in markets – Economy

“Need” to buy outweighs fear of covid in markets – Economy
“Need” to buy outweighs fear of covid in markets – Economy

Consumers queue to enter a supermarket in Campo Grande on the eve of the holiday. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

Fear of covid-19? Despite another 50 deaths in Mato Grosso do Sul announced this Thursday (1st), the eve of Holy Week, in supermarkets and in the chocolate trade for Easter, it didn’t even seem that the most serious moment of the pandemic is going on. Queues, people close to each other, small groups, movement of a common day was practically the reality found by Campo Grande News and reported by readers.

Part of them is outraged by the scenes witnessed, of places full of purchases for the weekend of the celebration of Good Friday, Hallelujah Saturday and Easter Sunday. Another group says that it is even afraid of becoming infected, but claims that it is impossible to stay without going in person to commercial establishments.

The markets are not restricted to opening until curfew, but in theory, there should be no agglomeration, and biosafety rules against the virus would need to be complied with. The scenes seen show the majority of people wearing a mask, but not always using alcohol gel or respecting the minimum distance of 1.5 meters to another person.

“I always go at lunch because it is more empty. But today it was packed, with more than 10 people per line ”, testifies retired Soraia Petelincar to the report on the consumer experience.

Consumers in the market, a movement that surprised consumers on Thursday. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)
Consumers in the market, a movement that surprised consumers on Thursday. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)

“Is it a walk?” – “It seems that as the people cannot go anywhere else, they are going to take a walk in the supermarket. At the door, what I thought was positive is that the security guards were asking only one person per family to enter, so as not to get so crowded ”, he ponders.

It supports initiatives like this. In another market, he said, “they distribute passwords so that when they reach a maximum capacity, no one else will enter”

In the center, in a department store that also sells chocolate eggs, client Cris Oliveira, 30, said she was afraid of covid. “But there is no way not to leave the house”, he justified.

He says he took advantage today, which he believed to be a less busy day than tomorrow, for the acquisition of Easter eggs.

Information sent by readers to Streets Direct Channel do Campo Grande News pointed to crowded locations from north to south of the city. At least half a dozen sites have been nominated.

Customers wait for their turn at the chocolate shop aisle door. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)
Customers wait for their turn at the chocolate shop aisle door. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)

At Jardim Aero Rancho, the report saw lines of at least 20 people at a supermarket chain store.

The parking lot was considerably occupied, but it still had spaces.

One of the people waiting for the cashier service, salesman Rosemaire Miguel, 48, repeated the line that there is no way not to face the task. She said she stayed 2h30 inside the place.

“It’s very complicated, but we have to do the shopping. We have to come. Taking care,” he assured.

While drinking alcohol in the cart to transport the purchased products, Luzinete Monteiro, 59, said that she even scolded her husband because he had forgotten to do the prevention procedure.

“We are afraid, but we need to eat. So we have been taking great care,” he said. It’s just the two of them living in the house, so there is no need to do it for them.

They were wearing a mask and brought alcohol from home.

Luzinete passes alcohol gel on the cart and says he's going to be scared, but he can't stop shopping. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)
Luzinete pours alcohol gel in the cart and says he “goes scared”, but there is no way to stop shopping. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

Rules – According to the decree in force, markets can open until 9:00 pm in Campo Grande, which is in the red classification of the covid contagion risk map in Mato Grosso do Sul

Considered essential, the sector is one of the only ones that can have face-to-face sales, as long as the rule of one person per family is obeyed, without consumption on site.

The municipality of Campo Grande reported that, last week, when the city had an early holiday to stop the pandemic, the Health Surveillance team took specific action in supermarkets to verify compliance with the biosafety measures. “All establishments were inspected, and in only one of them was it necessary to issue an infraction notice,” said a note sent to the newsroom.

As reported, this week the actions are aimed at answering complaints, including some related to markets, still unbalanced.

The guideline given is to report problems to the Ombudsman’s telephone number, 3314 9955.

Wholesaler corridor has almost no space for people to walk in image made this Thursday by reader. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)
Wholesaler corridor has almost no space for people to walk in image made this Thursday by reader. (Photo: Straight from the Streets)

(Article edited at 5:39 pm to add information from the city hall)

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