COVID-19: Barbadians to shop by surname during extended curfew weeks
Prime Minister Mia Mottley
Government has adopted a detailed staggered shopping schedule to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that from Wednesday, April 15, citizens will be able to conduct business based on their surnames. Locals have been permitted to go outside only twice a week.
"This is not an arbitrary decision, this is a decision that has been reflected that rest upon the basis of using being able to see how many Barbadian households there are, what is the most equitable distribution they can have and how can we give every Barbadian the chance not to go on the street once a week but twice a week," said Prime Minister Mottley.
The staggered system is an attempt to "limit vehicular traffic and the number of human beings moving on the road at the same time", as video circulated on social media showcase crowds of persons lining up at supermarkets, bakeries, fish markets, fruit and vegetable vendors.
Video caption: Persons shopping in Cheapside as taxi drives by on Saturday, April 11, 2020.
Based on the demand, Mottley announced that hardware stores will also be reopened from April 15, operating half-day, meanwhile post offices will be open daily from 8 am to 3.15 pm.
According to the schedule persons with surnames that begin with the letter A or B will be able to leave their homes to go to the supermarket, fish market or hardware store on Mondays between the hours of 8 am to 11 am and Fridays between 1 pm to 4 pm. Their day for banking will be Monday between 9 am and 1 pm.
COVID-19 Shopping Posters by Alphabetical Order
Surnames beginning with C, D, E, and F will be permitted to go the selected essential businesses on Wednesdays from 8 am to 11 am and Saturdays between 1 pm and 4 pm. Their day for banking will be Wednesday between 9 am and 1 pm.
G, H, I, J and K will be able to go to the supermarket, fish market or hardware stores on Thursdays 8 am to 11 am, Mondays 1 pm to 4 pm and their banking day is Thursday between 9 am and 1 pm.
L, M, N, O, P, Q and R are allowed to go to the supermarket, fish market or hardware stores on Fridays between 8 am to 11 am, Tuesdays 1 pm and 4 pm. Their banking day is Friday between 9 am and 1 pm.
S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z are permitted to go the stores on Saturdays between 8 am and 11 am and Wednesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Their banking day is Wednesday between 1 pm and 4 pm.
Senior citizens and the disabled have also been given dedicated days and hours: Tuesdays between 8 am and 11 am and Sundays between 9 am and 11 am. The designated banking day for senior citizens and the disabled is Tuesday between 9 am and 1 pm.
Health care and essential workers are allowed to go to the stores on Thursdays between 1 pm and 4 pm and Sundays between 11 am and 2 pm. Their designated banking day is Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm.
All shoppers have been advised to carry their national identification card, driver's license or passport, as they must be presented before entering the premises.
There will be limited numbers in-store; 75 people in mega supermarkets, 50 in large supermarkets and 25 in small supermarkets.
It is also recommended that shoppers and customers wear a cloth mask in public and adhere to the physical distancing rules of six feet or two metres away from the next person.