Qatar residents are gradually regaining their confidence to shop at supermarkets and hypermarkets as more people, including store employees, get vaccinated against Covid-19.
It is learnt that many families who used to rely on online shopping and home deliveries for months have again started going out to buy groceries and other essentials.
Speaking to Gulf Times, LuLu Group International regional manager Shanavas P M said shoppers see an assurance for their safety while shopping with the increasing number of vaccinated store employees.
He said many LuLu staff have received their first and second dose of vaccination.
The LuLu official lauded the efforts of Qatari authorities in inoculating the population at a fast pace, preventing the further spread of Covid-19.
An employee at a LuLu store said that she was happy to get her second dose of the Moderna vaccine more than a week ago and felt “a sigh of relief”.
“I feel more confident now as I perform my duty as a cashier because I meet and deal with many shoppers every day so I think being vaccinated helps a lot in ensuring my safety and that of our customers,” she pointed out.
LuLu, as well as other hypermarkets and supermarkets across Qatar, have been continuously implementing safety precautionary measures at their premises such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, requiring shoppers to show a green code on their Ehteraz app, temperature checking, and social distancing practices, among others, while inside their premises to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
An employee of another major hypermarket said he has seen an increase in number of shoppers, in line with the Covid-19 protocols and directives from Qatari authorities, at their stores since last month.
She said many of her colleagues also received the vaccine, based on the directives and guidelines set by the Ministry of Public Health.
Some shoppers who have been staying/working at home and prefer to order online shared how it felt to shop again at stores after getting vaccinated recently.
“With more than 1.7mn people in Qatar getting vaccinated, including employees at this store, it makes me feel safer so I went to a nearby supermarket two days ago to buy some fresh veggies and fruits. Also, seeing that safety protocols are strictly being implemented at different outlets gives everyone an assurance that we are less likely to get sick,” Filipino expatriate Joel M told Gulf Times.
He hopes that people, including those who received the vaccine, will still continue adhering to precautionary measures.