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Kerala Liquor Store Customers Practicing Social Distancing Is The 'Spirit' We Need Right Now


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Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly addressed growing concerns regarding the COVID-19, or Coronavirus outbreak in India. With another death surfacing in the capital earlier today, the PMâs address called for strict action - shedding light on the benefits of âsocial distancingâ to help prevent the virus from spreading.

While several companies, organisations and social groups have decided to follow through, there remains the issue of this weekendâs proposed âJanata Curfewâ - a 12-hour period this coming Sunday when the entire country is supposed to isolate themselves at home. As you might imagine, this became a serious question for those looking to enjoy some Sunday drinking, as all liquor stores will be shut too. One store in Kerala however, absolutely stole the show when it came to satisfying their thirsty customers.

The disciplined Malyalee ðð

The "distance" they can go to for alcohol ð¤£#SocialDistancing #LoveForLiquor#LifeInTheTimesOfCoronavirus#CoronavirusPandemic #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/FElz6F9QnZ

â Geeta Mohan Ú¯Ûتا ÙÙÛÙ à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤¹à¤¨ (@Geeta_Mohan) March 19, 2020

In the spirit of social distancing, this shop not only got its customers to line up in neat, distanced queues, managed by masked and gloved ushers, they even demarcated waiting positions with chalk lines, making sure that the usual booze-hoarding chaos doesnât ensue. Itâs common to observe people climbing over each other to get their fix sorted before dry days all across the country, making this one of the most unexpectedly inspiring sights during Indiaâs battle with the virus.

Several Twitter users shared their surprise and amusement as well. A few appreciated their organised decorum...

The disciplined Malyalee ðð

The "distance" they can go to for alcohol ð¤£#SocialDistancing #LoveForLiquor#LifeInTheTimesOfCoronavirus#CoronavirusPandemic #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/FElz6F9QnZ

â Geeta Mohan Ú¯Ûتا ÙÙÛÙ à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤¹à¤¨ (@Geeta_Mohan) March 19, 2020

While others made a point that the customers were only organised because, well... booze was at stake here, folks.

The disciplined Malyalee ðð

The "distance" they can go to for alcohol ð¤£#SocialDistancing #LoveForLiquor#LifeInTheTimesOfCoronavirus#CoronavirusPandemic #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/FElz6F9QnZ

â Geeta Mohan Ú¯Ûتا ÙÙÛÙ à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤¹à¤¨ (@Geeta_Mohan) March 19, 2020

Indian Express journalist Liz Mathew, who happens to be Keralite herself, promptly agreed.

The disciplined Malyalee ðð

The "distance" they can go to for alcohol ð¤£#SocialDistancing #LoveForLiquor#LifeInTheTimesOfCoronavirus#CoronavirusPandemic #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/FElz6F9QnZ

â Geeta Mohan Ú¯Ûتا ÙÙÛÙ à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤¹à¤¨ (@Geeta_Mohan) March 19, 2020

A few others chimed in to say that theyâre already one step ahead of the Malayalees...

@sanjuverma33

â Danish (@Thenish_) March 19, 2020

While finally, one user with a keen eye spotted someone wearing a motorcycle helmet in the queue!

That helmet guy though... ððð

â Yash Thakur (@yash2tkr) March 19, 2020

You know what they say - always use protection.

âComplacency will be our undoing," PM Modi said ahead of appealing to the nation to strictly adhere to social distancing. âThe world is passing through a grave crisis. Natural calamities prior to this have been restricted to a few countries. But this infection has engulfed the whole world," he continued.

The Coronavirus pandemic has currently engulfed 159 countries, infecting more than 222,000 people and claiming more than 9,000 lives.


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