Like the state of Selangor, all physical Ramadan bazaars in the Federal Territories have been called off. But the bazaars are not going away completely, as the Ministry of Federal Territories has suggested three different ways to continue selling food: through e-hailing services, drive-through, as well as pack and pick. These came via the ministry’s Twitter account.
The first of these three is pretty much the same thing as Selangor’s E-Bazar Ramadan with Grab. The authorities of each Federal Territory will register merchants with e-haling companies so that the food they sell will be available on their platform. While Grab has announced that it is on board the program, the tweet suggests Food Panda may be as well.
Pack and pick is essentially ordering online, and then heading to the merchants to pick up your order. You may know some brands in the food and beverage business already doing this in the country.
Bazar Ramadhan di Wilayah Persekutuan akan dijalankan menerusi tiga kaedah. Menggunakan khidmat e-Hailing, Pack and Pick, dan Pandu Lalu.#bersamacegahcovid19 #bazarramadhan#kwpmalaysia #stayhome pic.twitter.com/M6utYQbTu1
— INFORMASI WILAYAH (@kw_seriwilayah) April 8, 2020
Drive-throughs may be more associated with fast food locally, but it could work just the same way in practice. Merchants’ canopies are spaced 20m apart, with vehicles driving from one to another. Federal Territories authorities, alongside Rela volunteers, will e on site to keep traffic flowing.
While e-hailing seems to be a sound solution, the other two still sounds like settings that will make social distancing challenging. But there’s no denying that they are still better than a physical bazaar in terms of avoiding crowds.