Thursday 4 June, 2020

COVID-19: Government exploring shopping alternatives for supermarkets

Barbados COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter

Barbados COVID-19 Czar, Richard Carter

Government is in discussions with supermarket retailers and the distribution sector to decide alternatives to grocery shopping in light of the 24-hour curfew. 

Barbados' COVID-19 Czar, Richard Cater stated that a system was imperative to prevent a repeat of what occurred on Friday whereby thousands flocked to the supermarkets upon the announcement of the 24-hour curfew, ignoring Government's call to practice social distancing.

Carter said that Government is exploring the appropriate system to implement, whether it be by delivery or curbside pick-up. 

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"In terms of the mechanism they will use whether it is by name or national identification number, those discussions are still ongoing as to what is the most appropriate mechanism to restrict the numbers. Some form of the managed system will be put in place," Carter said this afternoon. 

The Czar also spoke to personal protective equipment (PPE) which has been issued by government to the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) as they work to enforce the 24-hour curfew. 

"Police officers who are carrying out the duties that require them to be either in contact with persons or where there is reasonable concern that those persons may be infected or potentially infected,  those officers are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment because it would make absolutely no sense to have persons who are on the front lines and potentially at risk," added the czar. 

He further appealed to Barbadians to "protect themselves and their families" as the number of COVID-19 cases islandwide climbs to 56. He strongly emphasized that those who breach the curfew will feel the full weight of the law. 

"We have appealed to the good sense of Barbadians to protect themselves and their families. In every instance, you will see persons who are ready to defy laws and regulations and I am assured the Royal Barbados Police Force is taking action against those individuals when identified and taking action against the observation of the period of curfew."

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