Panic Buying in San Cristóbal de Las Casas shopping areas

By: Félix Camas

 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

Given the evident presence of Coronavirus infections in the state of Chiapas, self-service stores, supermarkets and commercial chains, as well as in the public plazas of this city, are taking all kinds of preventive measures as health authorities have indicated.

On a tour through various shopping areas, it was found that in some they are measuring the temperature of their workers, and if they detect fever or that someone comes down with a cold, they are sent home, the same applies if they have a dry cough, in addition to providing antibacterial gel to everyone and providing preventive information.

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 In other places they don’t measure fever, but if any worker presents a cold they are sent home. The self-service check-out areas are disinfected every 25 minutes, as well as the ATM areas and all the places where there is contact with the hands, such as in the shelf and warehouse area, in addition to the presence of antibacterial gel at strategic points.
Without considering that we’re dealing with “panic” purchases, one can notice in some stores that the shelves are empty of products, “what people have bought the most are toilet paper, antibacterial gel, mouth covers, beans, rice, canned products and water,” says the manager of an important commercial chain.

While another area of the city, in another important supermarket, the report of sales is calm, “there has not been any news, they have not made panic purchases and everything is going normally.”

Some stores are practically empty, in others the flow is normal, but in all of them it’s noted that they have activated a plan with preventive protocols, given the increase in the spread of the Coronavirus at the national level, which according to experts, is expected to increase in the next hours.


Originally Published in Spanish by NVI Noticias

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee



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