Sunday 31 May, 2020

COVID-19 Curfew: Bajans lap up new supermarket ordering process

Police outside Trimart Supermarket in St Martin's, St Philip.

Police outside Trimart Supermarket in St Martin's, St Philip.

Reopened today for the first time since the enforcement of the 24-hour curfew, while post offices had long lines, supermarkets had almost no lines.

Thousands of persons placed orders for food items from the numerous supermarket chains across Barbados as Barbados embarked on a new process. 

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Channell and Trimart Supermarkets said on social media that they hit 3,000 orders and had to put a pause on orders to process the first set. They shared a post stating:

"Due to the overwhelming response we are unable to process any more orders. Tomorrow we will continue to work diligently on preparing the orders we have compiled and to service customers with our pre-packed baskets.

No crowds. No hassle. We got you!"

Massy Stores also saw an overwhelming number of orders placed. On their Instagram, potential customers were advised to expect delays: 

"PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high demand for our services, your order may be processed within an estimated 72 hour time period. Thanks"

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The supermarkets reopened one day after the new shopping regulations allowing Barbadians to access food services were issued and outlined by the Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw. 

Bradshaw reiterated that the goal is to avoid Bajans venturing out to procure what groceries they needed and gathering amidst the 24-hour curfew.

The regulations were disclosed on April 7 and they allowed for many of the country's retailers, supermarkets and minimarts to resume selling goods to the general public via online purchasing, curbside pick-up and home delivery.

Today was in stark contrast to the nightmare that occurred on Friday, April 3, as fewer people congregated and orders were being distributed to customers at many of the supermarkets in a timely manner.

Popular Discount Supermarket, which saw a flood of customers in the days leading up to the supermarket closure, was a relative ghost town as they had instituted online pickups and offered patrons the chance to get prepacked bags of groceries priced at $25, $50, and $100.

One supermarket specifically stressed that they accept cash and government cheques to prevent persons from going to the post offices. Roxy Supermarket said that persons could use their cheques for payment both for pick-up and on delivery.

Ten days remain until the end of the curfew - April 14, 2020.

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