The rollout of vaccines made it possible for people to return to their usual routines – dine-in restaurants, do groceries and shop at malls. And the increase in foot traffic is a welcome sight for businesses struggling for more than a year since the pandemic. However, the increasing cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 put this experience of normalcy into a screeching halt.

As much as the notion of going back into lockdown frustrates us, it must be done to ensure public safety as the new variant is more contagious and the current vaccines do not work much against the Delta virus. According to the Yale School of Public Health (2021), the new variant is spreading 50% faster than the initial strain, thus more contagious than the previous variants. The CDC recently announced that the Delta variant now makes up 83% of all COVID-19 cases in the US.

But unlike before, people are now more prepared to stay within their homes – they bought things to keep entertained/busy, learned a number of recipes by watching videos online, listed the establishments that do deliveries or open for 24-hours, and even have mobile apps to do certain tasks (e.g. banking, doctor consultation).

To address the growing dependence on deliveries due to circumstances posed by the pandemic, BiBWorks Express can provide residents of Los Angeles and Arizona the items needed during the lockdown while reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19, particularly the recent Delta-variant, through its unique delivery system. How?

Items from different stores can be delivered by a single person.

Usually, stores do not have most of the items needed. Sometimes, people prefer to buy certain items from a specific shop especially if that establishment specializes in that. With that, people are forced to call their orders over the phone and/or checkout carts in various online stores. Aside from paying delivery fees and tips for each transaction, another detriment of receiving delivered items from several individuals is the increased exposure to a possible COVID-19 carrier.

BiBWorks Express delivery personnel can buy food from a restaurant, swing by the florist, and pick up some items at the convenience store – then deliver all of those in a single transaction. Fewer deliveries would mean minimal contact with others, thereby lessening the risk of contracting the virus.

Payment can be done through a digital transaction.

While many prefer to pay cash on delivery (COD) to guarantee that they do not spend anything if the product/s ordered did not arrive, doing so in this time of pandemic can pose a greater risk to the customers especially since handing out the payment requires getting close (less than the recommended 1m distance) to the delivery personnel. Receiving change from the person doing the delivery can further increase one’s exposure as the virus can stay on surfaces touched for hours or even days. While coins can be sanitized by washing them with liquid soap, it is rare for people to do this. Also, bills cannot be washed without the risk of tearing them; The only possible sanitizing method is the use of UV light – which many households do not have.

Give specific instructions for handling deliveries

To further ensure safety, BibWorks Express delivery personnel can accommodate customer’s request/s to minimize contact. By giving instructions to send a message to announce arrival at the residence instead of ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door, there would be fewer surfaces to sanitize.  Also, one can put up a chair or table on the porch – with a sign indicating that the delivery items can be left on it.

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