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Is It Safe to Send Flowers During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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During the coronavirus pandemic, people are trying to save money, find jobs, entertain their family and many other things while quarantined in their homes. And perhaps now more than ever, people are looking for ways to show appreciation and love for those they care about. One of the best ways to do that is by sending flowers. But is it safe to do so during the coronavirus pandemic? 

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According to the World Health Organization, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low. The risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved and exposed to different conditions is also low, according to WHO.

But because of the pandemic, many local and national florist shops have closed their doors. Some are considered nonessential businesses and others do not want to put their employees or customers at risk. 

Some places, however, have decided to stay open and are still taking orders. If you do place an order, keep the process as contactless as possible. You can request that the delivery person leave the flowers at the front door, depending on the living situation of the person receiving the flowers.

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In some places where quarantine restrictions are more strict, it may be difficult to find a florist that will make deliveries. In those cases, never fear. There are many other ways to show kindness in the age of coronavirus.