Left Menu
Development News Edition

Flower shops in locked-down Lebanon open for Mother's Day but nobody comes

Reuters | Beirut | Updated: 21-03-2020 22:18 IST | Created: 21-03-2020 22:18 IST
Flower shops in locked-down Lebanon open for Mother's Day but nobody comes

Iman Tohme sanitized her Beirut flower shop, disinfected all the plants and announced they would deliver for Mother's Day on Saturday. But with Lebanon on coronavirus lockdown, almost nobody came or made an order. "We put out ads that people don't need to come down here, that we will start delivering, that we disinfect the flowers. But despite it all, people are afraid," Tohme told Reuters.

Next to her, pink, red and yellow rose bouquets adorned with balloons that read "Love you MOM" stood untouched. Lebanon's government ordered shut most of the country this week, hoping to rein in a coronavirus outbreak that has infected 206 people so far, with four deaths.

This has compounded woes in a country suffering from an economic crisis that has hiked prices and slashed jobs. While flower and seed farmers said they got an exception to stay in business just for Mother's Day - one of the industry's top moneymakers - coronavirus curbs and worries still kept most people away.

It is usually the most important day of the year for Nidal abi-Hussain, but his plantation is empty now, except for a few workers wearing gloves and masks. "The state shut stores, the production is all going to waste, as you can see, and the losses are in the millions," the floral distributor said.

Ramzi Takkouch closed his shop and offered only online deliveries this year, but even so, he said people were afraid of getting flowers at home. "I know a lot of mothers telling their kids 'don't come visit' because they're scared of the infection," he said.

"This is Lebanon's most miserable year: the economy is dead and now we got corona," Takkouch added. "It was at rock bottom and now it's worse. May God relieve us, that's all we can say."


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Socio-economic Impact of Covid-19 on Women

Today, women and girls are facing a double whammy - their sources of income have dried up but the workload has increased. There is a great need for gender-sensitive policies to recover from the pandemic. ...

Tracking Cybersecurity: Laying the groundwork for tougher regulations post-COVID 19

The changes indicate that the tech industry is moving towards a paradigm shift over how it operates and, more importantly, how it is regulated....

Tax dodging in rich and poor countries alike, wealthy taxpayers often outwit the taxman

... ...

COVID-19 threatens to widen the digital gender divide

In a world that, all of sudden, has turned virtual, it has become absolutely essential to providing equal digital access and opportunities to the unconnected population, primarily dominated by women. ...

Videos

Latest News

Taking necessary steps to keep Goa safe from COVID-19, people should 'stay calm': Vishwajit Rane

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit P Rane on Saturday urged people to stay calm amid the surge in COVID-19 tally and said that the government is taking all necessary measures to keep the coastal state safe. With the recent upsurge of COVID-19 ca...

Buffalo police officers await arraignment as supporters gather outside court

Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered outside two Buffalo courthouses on Saturday in support of two police officers expected to be arraigned on criminal charges for shoving an elderly protestor to the ground at a march against racis...

Two new COVID-19 cases in Ladakh, tally reaches 99

Two more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 99, Health department officials said on Saturday. A senior Congress leader had died due to the virus while 50 patients have be...

Punjab CM sets up excise reforms group to crack down on illicit liquor trade

In a move to tighten the noose on illicit liquor traders in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday set up an excise reforms group to break the nexus between producers, wholesalers and retailers. According to an official ...

Give Feedback