Say it with sanitiser: Beijing florist takes on coronavirus for Valentine's DayReuters | Beijing | Updated: 13-02-2020 21:01 IST | Created: 13-02-2020 20:49 IST
It's the eve of Valentine's Day and flower seller Cai Xiaoman is enclosing a special gift - a small bottle of hand sanitizer to ward off coronavirus - as she sends out her last few bouquets to customers in Beijing. It has been a tough month for her. Sales are down 90% in the midst of an outbreak that has so far killed nearly 1,400 people in China. People are staying at home, leaving shopping malls empty.
Wearing a face mask, Cai carefully sprays her hands with alcohol and puts on a pair of gloves before packaging her flowers. She then puts hand sanitizer into the bouquets she creates. She says she was inspired by a customer who asked her to sanitize a bouquet before she delivered it. She is now giving sanitizer to other customers as a personal gesture.
"I think this is very heart-warming, and I want my customers to feel comfortable," she says. "Because now the outbreak is severe, and everyone is scared. I hope this will end soon."