Bubble Tea customers in China are now three feet apart as a precaution against coronavirus
Lines were long when a milk tea shop finally reopened following a weeks-long shutdown that kept people far away from their boba fix.
When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) swept across China at the beginning of the year, entire cities were placed on lockdown and residents in home isolation to curb its spread. Commercial establishments also pack up in many parts of the country, including ever-popular milk tea shops. Any boba-lover would agree that going weeks without the drink may be a challenge, so it’s no surprise that they came in droves when a well-liked bubble tea store in Changsha, Hunan reopened last week.
The bubble tea shop now viral on Chinese social media attracted an extended line of eager customers on February 23, with a queue that was almost 100 meters long. Customers had to attend for up to 2 hours just to urge their boba fix, China News Service reported.
The line was even longer than usual because customers were required to face 1.5 meters far away from each other, demarcated by yellow tapes on the ground, as a precaution against the coronavirus.
Upon entering the shop, customers need to undergo a temperature check and disinfect their hands.
The rapid encroachment of the coronavirus in Chinese cities abruptly stripped residents of their favorite food haunts, leaving them with a significant case of the munchies. because the virus reportedly slows its spread in China, Chinese businesses are now reopening their doors to hopeful residents who are cooped up reception.
The Changsha bubble tea shop isn’t the sole one that has attracted many people looking to satisfy their food cravings.
To minimize interaction between shoppers and staff, various stores during a Changsha mall have come up with self-service payment methods that remove the necessity for shoppers to attend within the queue or interact with cashiers. Customers can make their purchases online through customized ordering apps, or use their phones to scan codes on the things to pay.
On March 2, China’s National Health Commission published guidelines to take care of good personal hygiene as shops begin to resume operations. These guidelines include wearing face masks, keeping a secure distance from fellow patrons, choosing contactless digital payment rather than cash, and minimizing meal durations.
While the battle against the coronavirus is way from over, we’re happy for a few sweet-toothed residents in China who can finally sip on bubble tea.