The supermarket; trip of the week during MCO
Covid-19 or the coronavirus is, I’m guessing, the most common word of recent times. Everyone has to deal with this virus, directly or indirectly. Schools, shops and restaurants are closed and there is no one on the streets anymore. About twice a week I go, during the Movement Control Order, to the supermarket. And that’s a party!
Penalty or imprisonment
We are now exactly two weeks in lockdown and last week this has been extended by at least two weeks. Everywhere the ‘lockdown’ means something different and different rules apply. In Malaysia, the most important thing is that you don’t go outside, unless absolutely necessary. So for example for groceries or medication. Running, walking in the neighborhood or walking your dog is all forbidden. If you do this and get caught, you will be charged with a high fine or even imprisonment.
During the first week of the Movement Control Order, we walked down the street with a shopping bag to get some exercise, without getting into trouble. In the meantime, we stopped doing this, because we have to set a good example ourselves and we all have to deal with this for the time being. Luckily we get some exercise while we follow online boxing classes at Tribe. Ideally, three times a week they do a live boxing session and you will be sweating well for at least half an hour.
Hand gel and mouth cap
Luckily we are still allowed to leave the house for the groceries. Only the ‘head of the family’ is allowed to go outside, but because our supermarket is quite quiet, Jeroen can come with me as well. 😉 We do our shopping in the mall under our apartment. This has just opened and is still fairly unknown. Before we are allowed to enter the mall, we first have to wash our hands with hand sanitizer. Then we put on our mask and the guard measures our temperature with a device against our head. Last week my temperature was 32 degrees… we assume that this was the outside temperature.
When you’re under 37 degrees, you can just enter the shopping mall. A maximum of 50 people are allowed in the supermarket, otherwise, you have to wait for a while. The guard at the entrance of the supermarket cleans the shopping cart and then you can do your shopping. After 1.5 hours with such a mask on, you get pretty warm. In the meantime, I had to sneeze and had to do this full in my mask. For your information, everything flew back into my mouth haha. At the cash registers, it says where you can stand and after the payment, you can wash your hands again.
So it works quite well and because everyone is wearing a mouth cap, it doesn’t feel very weird to wear it yourself. We’re already very happy to get out of the apartment for this reason and I’m happy to go back the next day for the forgotten groceries. Of course with hand sanitizer and mask!