US (PA): Florists, greenhouse operators adjust to pandemic realities

Cambria City Flowers owner Steven Biter said his shop, which is attached to his house, is operating at half capacity as a precaution against the coronavirus.

Like other florists, he introduced no-contact delivery that will endure beyond the pandemic. 

“We are trying to get through it,” he said. “But contactless delivery is going to be staying. We call customers and tell them we are coming. Then we set their flowers outside.”

Flower shops have seen increased business as people look to cheer up those who are sick as well as mourning. But the pandemic has also affected flower shops’ supply and operations, as well as their ability to interact with customers.

Biter said flower supply chains haven’t recovered since initial economic shutdowns in the spring.

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