The coronavirus broke into the lives of Argentines and forced them to reinvent daily routines. Faced with the advance of the pandemic, those who attend the premises had to take extreme hygiene measures and adapt their work schemes to continue opening the doors.
The owners of three Balvanera businesses reported TN.com.ar what it’s like to work in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The rituals they talk about are replicated in different shops in Argentina.
“What changed the most here are the schedules”, assured Pablo, owner of a butcher shop. Now they open earlier to give priority to those over 60, considered a risk group. They also close the doors earlier, so that the boys who work there can get home earlier. After the midday you can hardly see people on the streets of that Buenosairean neighborhood, affirmed the man.
Customers now pay much more attention to prices before buying something and prefer to pay by card so as not to manipulate money. However, they can use the gel alcohol on the counter as many times as they need. “The only thing we lost in this quarantine is the mate barley. We used to take half an hour together. Now we drink coffee, “Pablo confessed about the changes brought about by the coronavirus.
“Since this started, we had to modify the work plan,” said Ricardo, owner of a warehouse. Now the first thing they do when they get to the business is clean the whole place: floors, gondolas, refrigerators, counter and cold cuts machine. There is no space left without the rag with bleach.
They attend to clients with gloves and chinstrap and offer them alcohol diluted in water to clean their hands. Although they never delivered because they are few, these days added a phone number so that people who live nearby can send them a list with the order, which they then bring to their homes.
In the wine bar that Mariano serves, things also changed. Now they are much more careful with the cleanliness of the space and of those who enter the premises. They emphasize hand washing and keeping distance.
“By having the possibility to come, there are so many people who cannot do it, I feel like we are providing a service and helping some people, “ the man stated.