Penangites plan ahead to reduce shopping time

Teh (left) and his wife shopping at Gama on the first day of the nationwide lockdown. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THE widespread rush to buy essentials to prepare for the lockdown has died down and shopping is now a breeze at several supermarkets in Penang.

A hawker, who wished to be known only as Ita, said she made a shopping list before coming to Gama Supermarket and Departmental Store.

“With the list, I can save time thinking about what to get here, ” said the 45-year-old whose eatery is closed during the lockdown.

She bought enough food to last her family more than a week.

“I will be cooking for my husband and two children at home to reduce unnecessary movements, ” she said.

Retired developer Teh Cheng Khim, 73, goes grocery shopping only twice a month.

A customer choosing sauces at a supermarket.A customer choosing sauces at a supermarket.

“We do not need to get too much as only my wife and I are at home.

“It is better for us to come out and get our groceries on a weekday during working hours as both my wife and I fall under the high-risk group.

“We seldom come out during weekends as there will be large crowds, ” he said.

Gama Supermarket and Departmental Store senior marketing manager Leong Hau Soon said only low-risk customers were admitted.

“All customers have to scan with the MySejahtera app before entering. Those with temperatures above 37.5 °C will not be allowed in.”

Leong said that shoppers nowadays would not spend a lot of time at the supermarket, adding that there would be frequent in-house announcements reminding shoppers to follow the SOP at all times.

“We also have personal shopper services, especially for baby necessities.

“For those who prefer to stay home, we provide the online platform.”

A member of the press, who wished to be known only as Amy, said she would have to rely a lot on instant meals now.

“I work irregular hours. At times, I will not be able to finish before 8pm so I won’t be able to order food through a delivery service.

“If I finish work late, I will have to cook instant noodles or oats for dinner, ” said Amy, 29, from Teluk Intan, Perak, who has been renting a room in Jelutong for the past two years.

She said her landlord would allow only light cooking in the apartment.

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