Probably the most important question on our minds during this time of self quarantine, other than, ‘what to do?’ is, ‘what to eat?’, followed by ‘how?’.
It is a great time to support your local businesses such as the near by Kirana (grocery) store, fresh fruit and vegetable sellers around the corner and neighbourhood restaurants. This will limit your exposure to crowds and help small businesses survive this difficult time.
Since India started heeding the warnings by World Health Organisations and started taking precautions and ordering people to observe social distancing by staying at home and avoiding public areas such as malls and market, the online orders for groceries almost doubled overnight.
In a pandemic like situation where we are dealing with something we know virtually nothing about, it is not just a question of getting food delivered but how it is being delivered. Whether necessary safety precautions are being observed by the companies and their employees to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
In such a situation big retailers such as Future Group (the parent company of Big Bazaar), Grofers, Natures Basket, Amazon Pantry and Prime Now have all stated that they have adopted precaution practices to ensure safe delivery of necessary items.
Online food delivery apps such as, Zomato was working on implementation of giving the option of contactless delivery, where the delivery boy would drop off the parcel at a designated place for the customers to collect it from. This would prohibit human to human interaction and prevent contraction of the virus.
Buying Groceries Locally
You can either order groceries and daily necessities online or ask your local grocer to deliver the items to your doorstep. Not many local grocers or fresh produce sellers would be equipped or have the manpower to make deliveries in person. In such cases you can call and order what you need in advance and arrange to pick it up yourself, limiting your exposure and obeying the social distancing norms.
Presently in Mumbai, Maharashtra, pharmacists are make-shifting a barricade with bamboos outside their shops, the customers remain 5 to 6 feet away throughout the purchasing process. In many other cities throughout the state, fresh produce vendors are drawing markers on the ground at regular intervals to avoid over crowding and systematic supply of provisions for all.
The Delhi State government has decided to keep businesses providing essential services such as grocery shops to remain open for 24×7. The state authorities have also allowed online service providers to deliver the necessary commodities throughout the 21 day lockdown.
Similarly, in Gurugram, Haryana the local authorities are allowing delivery boys to make deliveries across the city for food, medicines and groceries. While Karnataka state authorities have decided to keep supermarkets and food markets open during the lockdown for its citizens.
DO NOT PANIC and start hoarding vegetables and staples, the government is going to make provisions with small and big businesses to make sure the daily necessities and medical items are available at all times during the lockdown.
When and if deliveries resume in your city, please do ensure to take necessary precautions. The online service providers are already ensuring every safety standard compliance to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
In the absence of any clarity from your local authorities on meal deliveries by online cooked meal delivery service providers, it is smart to prepare your own food from the comfort of your home.
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