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Makeshift markets doing brisk business once again

Question of survival for many expats

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: Makeshift markets seems to be mushrooming their activities once again in areas such as Khaitan, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and elsewhere although such activity had not stopped even during the corona pandemic though it was for a limited number of hours during the curfew or total lockdown, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

But as the country limps back to normalcy with public transport resuming and the authorities doing away with or relenting on the barcode system, people seem to be rushing to markets to buy their provisions.

A majority of the expatriates prefer these makeshift markets to buy their needs such as fruits, vegetable and even clothes because according to them the goods sold at these markets cost almost half of what it costs in grocery shops, supermarkets or cooperative societies.

Some say they are forced to buy from these markets because many of them have lost jobs and the charity societies are no longer around to give them food baskets as was the case during lockdown.

Although the quality of the goods they purchase is not guaranteed but for many of them it is question of survival. Such places are dangerous and insecure since there is a possibility of getting infected with the corona virus, but their needs force them to purchase from haphazard markets.

To add insult to injury there is social distancing and many of them do not wears masks, but they feel there is no other solution for the situation.

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