Home shopping with a basket and a rope revives in Turkey

The old way of shopping without leaving home with the help of a basket on a rope lowered from apartment windows, has become popular again in Turkey after a partial curfew for people aged 65 years and older was put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, AFP said on Wednesday.

"Before, we were receiving maybe 10 orders a day and this number has reached 50 now," AFP quoted grocer Zafer Gündoğdu in the Ferikoy neighbourhood of Istanbul as saying.

The Turkish Interior Ministry on March 21 imposed a partial curfew on people aged 65 and over, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, in a bid to reduce exposure to the pandemic.

Turkish authorities have taken measures to aid the elderly populace after the curfew decision, forming units under municipalities that provide courier services for grocery shopping. Meanwhile, small-scale grocery shops in the neighbourhoods also adopted to the situation and revived the old shopping tradition.

"Whatever they need, we are at the disposal of our old clients, either filling baskets dropped or delivering at their door from 7 am until 10 pm," Gündoğdu said.