Geraldine Sabastizaga, a young student who sold prepared food in the street prior to the pandemic has resumed selling in public, even though she believes peddlers contribute to the spread of COVID-19 if they do not protect themselves as it is required.
“I wear a mask, gloves and use alcohol to protect myself and my clients from the virus,” Sabastizaga said. “I am afraid of the police because they can come at any time and take away our things.”
She also said that a mandatory 10:00 p.m. curfew is reducing her opportunity to work.
“We now have to find other ways of getting the money we are not earning. I now take care of my niece to get more money because it is not enough with what I make selling in the streets,” Sabastizaga said.
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