Last Minute Shopping Guide for New Year's Eve (Covid-19 edition)

Keith Ivan Veracruz
December 23, 2020

New Year is just around the corner.

This year has been very challenging for the rest of us, especially here in the Philippines. We have faced a lot of hardships this year compared to previous years combined. From the eruption of Taal Volcano, several earthquakes from different parts of the country, storms and typhoons, most recently Ulysses and of course, COVID-19.

The Pandemic has made a lot of things very difficult for the most of us, and one of those things is shopping. Malls is one of the Filipinos most favorite place to go and of course shop. But, due to the restrictions implemented by the mall management and the government, going to malls to stroll and shop has been a hassle especially it’s the holiday season.

  1. Follow all safety protocols - always follow the safety protocols implemented by the mall management and the government. If the establishment requires you to wear face masks and face shields, follow them.
  2. Bring a face shield always - some establishments doesn’t require face shields, but, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to bring one, always carry one just in case you have to go to another establishment to shop and requires a face shield.
  3. Always bring an alcohol or hand sanitizer - when you go shopping, it is unavoidable to touch some items and some of the mall facilities (e.g. ATM, products, doors, etc.). It is safe to always sanitize you hands after touching anything.
  4. Make a list and stick to it - before going to the mall, make sure to list all items that you will buy, this will make you shopping more organized and faster. In this situation, you should avoid staying in a public place to reduce the possibility of contagion.
  5. Maximize the use of Online Shopping Apps and Stores -We are all familiar with Lazada and Shopee, make use of those apps for your Christmas shopping chores, it is more convenient and practical than going to the mall in person.
  6. Sanitize all your purchases - whether you bought from the mall or online, always sanitize your purchases. You can never be sure about the safety of the items you brought. Don’t spread the virus by giving contaminated gifts. And if you also received gifts, make sure to sanitize them before you open it.

As we approach the end of the year, let us all be vigilant in taking care of ourselves and family. Don’t let the hardships of this year a reason not to celebrate Christmas, but make it more a reason to celebrate and be grateful.