Thursday 3 December, 2020

BCCI president cautions Bajans: 'No need for panic buying'

Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FILE)

Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FILE)

The Chamber of Commerce of Barbados assures the public that there is an adequate supply of food items to meet the need of all Barbadians in the effect that COVID-19 leads to a lockdown.

This is the information given to media by the president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Tricia Tannis as she urged: “There is no need for panic buying."

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Noting that the behaviour had already been recorded and was going viral around the island showing customers in a wholesale store practically fighting over disinfectant cleaning wipes, she said: "Ironically this practice can result in unnecessary food and supply shortages, particularly for the more economically vulnerable in our society."

In some foreign media reports persons who are dependent on such cleaning agents to sanitise, especially persons who are going chemotherapy were already complaining about being unable to attain wipes and sanitizer. 

She went on to say: "We recognise that there is a shortage of hand sanitizers but wish to remind the public that there are even more effective alternatives such as anti-bacterial soap which medical experts emphasise is the preferred and most effective option." 

As persons seek to be prepared in the event that COVID-19 reaches our stores, she encouraged their move to be ready but called for them to be considerate, not panicky.

"We appeal to members of the public to remain calm as you continue to prepare yourselves and your families. Above all let us be mindful of the serious negative consequences that panic buying fear and hysteria can have on the stability and the national good security and welfare of all,” she added.

Tannis also stated that the Commerce will not be tolerating merchants who may be taking advantage of consumers by excessively increasing the prices of goods and supplies that are vital to the health and safety of consumers.This came as some customers complained about price gouging.

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