The lockdown because of coronavirus have spelt a temporary halt in business for bakeries and home chefs, who would otherwise be very busy at this time, getting ready to fulfil the Easter demand. Many have suspended operations or are not taking orders, and those that are, can only serve a handful of patrons, since supplies are erratic and making items in bulk and delivering them are proving to be challenging. Shawn Samuel from Arpora Central says, “Most of our suppliers are shut and some of our staff have left for their villages. We have very few boys at work and are catering to our regular customers. However, we have already delivered Easter eggs and hot cross buns to supermarkets we usually supply to.”
Gletta Mascarenhas from Confeitaria 31de Janeiro in Panaji says she’s only making a few Easter eggs and hot cross buns. “Orders have dropped,but we had some stock and our suppliers helped us procure ingredients. We are accepting only limited orders and will be open for walk-in customers as well.”El Shaddai from Truffles in Caranzalem says they are making a limited quantity of Easter eggs and assorted cupcakes which will have to be picked up from the store.
Home bakers have it tougher since they are a small-scale business and do not procure supplies in bulk on a regular basis. Home baker Samantha Pereira from Panaji is making marzipan and chocolate eggs with the limited stock she has. “There’s a shortage of supplies. Even for my marzipan eggs, I need dry fruits and I am unable to get it due to the lockdown. I will take only a few orders, as long as my stock lasts. Business has taken a bad hit this time due to the pandemic, because people aren’t venturing out and probably may not even celebrate the usual way. I would even send orders to other Indian cities, but since courier services are suspended, I can’t send anything at all,” she says.
Zaria Vaz, a home bakerfrom Mapusa, says, “I bake cakes and Easter eggs, and there are fewer orders as people can’t come and collect them. But I will be home-delivering within Mapusa.” Micheal Fernandes from Assagao says, “Though we will be making a few Easter eggs for the ones who place an order, we aren’t advertising since we are in a medical crisis and it’s not the right thing to do.”