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This famous sweet shop faces low footfall, banks on online orders

This famous sweet shop faces low footfall, banks on online orders

An employee sprays disinfectant inside Novelty Sweets and Restaurant in Amritsar. Sunil kumar

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 30

The popularity of a sweet shop can be gauged from the fact that a roundabout located at a prominent central place of the city is known by its name. The Novelty sweet shop is located near the Novelty chowk.

Amid the lockdown, this famous sweet shop is witnessing a low footfall of customers these days.

Harish, who sits on the counter, said, “Since the dine-in was prohibited as a safety precaution to contain Covid-19, we just bank on online orders. To tell people that we are open, we have been using social platforms.”

“The sale has come down to just 20 per cent of the pre-Covid figure as customers refrain from coming to the shop. Our online customers demand sweets and snacks, but orders are scant in numbers,” Harish added.

He said with less sale of sweets, they have started providing essential grocery items as well. The management of the shop is very particular about safety precautions. All staff members have been provided with proper safety gear, including gloves and masks. The shop premises are sanitised twice a day. Besides, there is thermal scanning of all customers at the main entrance of the shop.

A board with a message, ‘Saftey matters, we care for you’, has been installed on the rear of the main display counter to make people aware of the pandemic. Besides, markings have been made on the floor to follow social distancing norms.

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