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Social Distancing Like A Boss! Shopkeeper Uses Thick Pipe To Slide Over Items To Customer

Since the announcement of the lockdown, grocery and milk stores across the country have come up with innovative ways to ensure social distancing and they have done this anticipating the number of people that would flock to stock up.


More recently, a photo of a shopkeeper selling grocery items to his customers in a unique way has gone viral. The shopkeeper has installed a thick plastic pipe near the counter of his shop to transfer goods to his customers.

How to maintain physical distance between shopkeeper & customer while buying essential supplies -- the Kerala way! #COVID19India pic.twitter.com/H1djrcFDSO Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 25, 2020

The innovative technique also grabbed the attention of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who shared the photo on Twitter and wrote, "How to maintain physical distance between shopkeeper & customer while buying essential supplies -- the Kerala way! #COVID19India."

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By using the funnel, the shopkeeper managed to completely avoid any contact between himself and the customer, making it a perfect example of how shopkeepers and customers avoid physical contact.

Even tipplers in Kerala set the perfect social distancing example a few days ago. At this liquor shop in Kerala's Kannur district people were seen diligently following it. People standing at a safe distance from each other and at a time of crisis that we are in, it's commendable to see people following rules.

A scene from a beverages outlet at Thalassery in Kannur district of #Kerala.

Seems like people are religiously following the instructions of @CMOKerala and @shailajateacher.

An example of #SocialDistanacing at its best. #FightingCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/zcnCl2QEJI Rohit Thayyil ???? ??? (@RohitThayyil) March 19, 2020

Apart from this, many shops across the country have been drawing circles and squares to enforce social distancing rules. They indicate the spot where people should stand and wait for their turn to make purchases.

In Puducherry Milk booth.

Social distancing... pic.twitter.com/1nhoZZkyhS Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 25, 2020

"In Puducherry Milk booth social distancing.....," Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, commented on a photo showing five people standing inside equidistant circles drawn on the road outside a small milk booth.

Each is placed a few feet from the other and individuals can be seen carefully standing inside the marked space and patiently waiting. Similar queues were seen outside a store in Gujarat's Mundra district, where people line up in numbered squares while a police officer kept an eye.

India went under a 21-day "total lockdown", in an effort to stop the spread of the contagious COVID-19 virus, which has infected more than 600 and killed at least 12 people.

Under the lockdown, and curfew that has been imposed in several states, people have been prohibited from leaving their homes, except in an emergency, to minimise contact and stop the COVID-19 virus that spreads via droplets of bodily fluid when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

To help enforce social distancing, several states have banned such gatherings under Section 144, with the Prime Minister and various Chief Ministers appealing to people to stay at home.