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    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    MANILA, Philippines – A sari-sari store recently drew laughs and received praise from netizens for the ‘social distancing’ measures they are implementing to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Their ‘social distancing’ video quickly went viral, gaining over 5.3 million views in just a couple of days!
    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    As of 4PM on March 23, 2020, the Philippines has a total of 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 18 have already recovered but 33 have died. The swift rise in the number of cases is a cause for alarm. Thus, a lot of people have finally taken the matter more seriously than they did before.

    Many establishments have closed down until further notice. Those that remained open have implemented various measures to help stop the spread of the highly contagious virus.

    A sari-sari store in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao, southern Philippines has gone viral for the funny but clever way it is implanting ‘social distancing’. While they did not close down the store, the owners decided to lock up the gate so the customers can’t go too near.

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    Then, they hung a bucket on a rope. Customers need to pull the bucket’s string to bring it closer so they can put their money in and later get the goods out. The shopkeeper does the same thing, pulling the string to bring the bucket closer.

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    In the video, a kid could be seen laughing hard as he tries out the new ‘social distancing’ measure implemented by the store. While the kid laughs over the bucket system, the shopkeeper firmly insists that it’s for ‘social distancing’.

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    'Social distancing' video at sari-sari store goes viral

    Many netizens expressed admiration on the sari-sari store for implementing this measure. It’s certainly a good idea for those stores that remain open. But netizens are wondering how the store is going to handle heavier items such as rice and softdrinks…

    Here’s the viral video:


    (Image credits: Katawa CDO Doodzkie / Facebook)

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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