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Sichuan hot pot restaurants make kind gesture to medical workers

(People's Daily Online)    10:09, February 26, 2020

The Hot Pot Association of Sichuan province recently called on its members to offer free hot pot to all medical workers who have been dispatched from southwest China’s Sichuan province to Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus epidemic, China News Service reported Tuesday.

A poster paying tribute to medical workers fighting the coronavirus epidemic by the Hot Pot Association of Sichuan province.

The suggestion, which was proposed as a way of paying tribute to medical workers fighting the epidemic on the front line, has received positive response from more than 400 hot pot restaurants of over 60 hot pot brands in the province.

More restaurants are actively responding to the call, being ready to provide free hot pot for relevant medical workers for a year after their victory over the epidemic, according to the association.

The association disclosed that it has already secured a name list of the medical workers dispatched from Sichuan to the front line of the battle against the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, so these medical workers will only need to bring their relevant work certificates to the restaurants.

Besides free hot pot, many tourist attractions in the country have promised to provide free admission for medical workers.

As relevant statistics have shown, by Feb.20, the number of scenic spots that exempt tickets for medical workers had reached 1,067, covering 195 cities in 30 provinces and municipalities around the country.

In addition, all Class-A tourist sites in Hubei province will provide free passes for medical teams who have helped the province fight the epidemic, offering relevant medical workers limitless free visits for five years starting from the end of the epidemic, tourism authority of Hubei province announced on Feb.20.

In fact, more pleasures are awaiting medical workers fighting on the front line of the battle against the epidemic.

A group photo of volunteers from Minhang district in Shanghai who help with the epidemic control and prevention efforts of the Hongqiao Railway Station. (Photo/Courtesy of grassroots department of Communist Youth League of China Minhang district committee)

"We will enjoy a dinner party together after the epidemic, so that we will know how our comrades-in-arms look like,” a post-90s volunteer said, explaining that the volunteers who have worked together to help protect cities from the epidemic have never actually seen each other’s faces as they all wear protective clothing and goggles during work.

"The first thing we are going to do after she comes out of the hospital when the epidemic ends will be getting our marriage certificate,” said boyfriend of Chen Ying, a post-90s nurse fighting the epidemic on the front line.

Chen and her boyfriend had planned to get their marriage certificate at the civil affairs bureau on Feb. 14, 2020, which was postponed as Chen asked to work on the front line of the battle after the outbreak of the epidemic.    

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