VIDEO: Social distancing rules ignored during supermarket rush
Directives from health authorities to practice social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic were disregarded at supermarkets across the island today.
Chaotic scenes were the order of business as Barbadians descended on major retailers to purchases supplies ahead of the 24-hour curfew set to start at 8 pm on April 3 to run until April 14.
Over the last two weeks, members of the public were instructed to maintain a distance of six-feet when in public as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
However, from as early as 6 am today people lined up outside popular supermarkets including Emerald City, Massy Stores, Savings Plus as well as Popular Discounts in Spooner’s Hill and Kendal Hill hoping to complete their shopping before the 5 pm closing time.
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) had to be called in to restore order at Popular Discounts, Spooner’s Hill and Cherish in The City.
There were also reports of physical altercations occurring at some locations.