Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Post Offices see long lines as persons cashed welfare, pension cheques

Patrons line up to get cheques cashed at St. Philip Post Office

Patrons line up to get cheques cashed at St. Philip Post Office

Seniors and persons on welfare lined up outside post offices across the island before the doors even opened at 9 am.

The Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw told Barbadians they could use the post offices which re-opened their doors today, to cash pension and welfare cheques.

However, despite being told that they have a second option because grocery stores will accept uncashed cheques, persons still rushed to cash theirs.

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In most instances, the customers obeyed social distancing parameters and even carried umbrellas as lines curved around post office buildings and ran along sidewalks, across parking lots and down streets.

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Few offices at early times still saw large crowds as some people flew against the stern words previously issued by members of the Government warning Barbadians to honour the social distancing rules which would help to curb the spread of COVID-19.

By mid-morning, security guards aided with social distancing parameters and police were on hand at some locations as well.

An ambulance was summoned to the post office in Eagle Hall at one point.

The only post office without a queue was the branch at the Grantley Adams International Airport, which remains closed during the 24-hour curfew period.

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