80% of shops and flower markets in China were forced to close, many people canceled plans to welcome Valentine with their lovers to prevent corona virus infection.
Zhong Wenping – a flower shop owner in Jingshan City, Hubei Province – often rushes early to prepare for Valentine’s Day. But this year, her shop was completely quiet.
Like many areas in China that have been blocked by the corona virus, Jingshan Street is empty. Weddings and entertainment events are postponed. Shops, cinemas, karaoke bars, restaurants, even banks are forced to close.
Checkpoints are set up at the entrance of each public building, and many residential areas are blocked to prevent the spread of disease, according to SCMP.
“Valentine should be the busiest day of the year for me because the Chinese New Year holiday is over and everyone should go back to work,” Zhong said.
“Like every year, I should start preparing roses a week ago. But people haven’t been able to leave the house since the end of last month, let alone celebrate love. Also, how do you disinfect flowers? ”, She added.
|Flower shops and markets cannot be opened due to concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Photo: Livemint.|
The unprecedented blockade order began in the capital city of Wuhan, after which at least 15 other cities in Hubei Province also had to carry out “internal irregularities and foreign imports”. This disrupted the lives of over 50 million people.
As the virus continued to spread, other cities across China were also forced to close.
Experiencing the unprecedented lunar New Year holiday, now the disease also makes couples and couples have to cancel the fun plan for Valentine’s Day.
Karen Wang – an office worker in Beijing – and her husband planned to take a speedboat to Zhangjiakou city (Hebei province) to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a ski resort, then visit the capital. Hohhot government of Inner Mongolia on weekends.
“I was very excited when the high-speed train was operating at the end of December last year, which meant it took less than 50 minutes to get to Zhangjiakou. However, I now have to cancel it all,” Wang said.
Instead of welcoming Valentine in the distance, Wang and his wife will stay in Beijing, where – like many other areas in China – the street is empty even though a part of the people have returned to work after the holiday, while others may work from home.
A number of shopping malls in the capital have reopened, albeit with reduced operating hours and notices to remind customers to wear masks at the entrance. Major cinemas also postponed the expected number of Oscar-winning films.
|Many couples are unable to carry out their plans to welcome Valentine due to the outbreak of the disease. Photo: AFP.|
Many businesses across China are struggling with the pandemic. Flower dealers also struggle at the busiest time of their year.
Pang Jun – which owns a flower shop in Kunming City, home to Asia’s largest flower market – often sells 1 million roses on Valentine’s Day. This year, however, he is only ordering about 40,000 cotton.
Worse, the average selling price is reduced by 75%. Therefore, he only earned 0.5 yuan (7 US cents) for a rose instead of 2 yuan (28 US cents) as usual.
“About 80% of flower shops and markets across the country have been forced to close because of the corona virus outbreak. Unlike vegetables, flowers are not essential needs of life. So the flower industry is vulnerable, ”Pang said.
|The Chinese flower trader was heavily affected on Valentine’s Day. Photo: China Daily.|
However, a part of the Chinese people feel relieved about the disruption of the most romantic day of the year.
James Chen, a student in Beijing, said the outbreak had helped him reduce the pressure on Valentine’s Day.
“I may have planned something but because the virus spread, everything changed. We will not go to the restaurant as usual. Therefore, I will think of something more creative, ”he said.
Office worker Wu Gang – also in Beijing – agrees with Chen.
“Most men, including me, hate this holiday. But often we still have to celebrate, ”Wu said.
This year, the boy will do something new on Valentine’s Day.
“Going to a restaurant or buying flowers would always end up showing photos on social networks. My plan is to write a love letter for my girlfriend. I think she will like it, ”he revealed.
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