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Queues of shoppers flock supermarkets ahead of six-day lockdown

Shoppers across Tortola flocked at least three of the island’s supermarkets on Thursday, March 26, ahead of the six days of 24-hour lockdown that starts Friday evening.

When BVI News visited RiteWay Food Market, OneMart Supermarket, and Cash & Carry on Thursday, all those stores had measures in place that aligned with the government’s social distancing policy.

Scores of shoppers were seen queued on the outskirts of the respective establishments, awaiting approval from store operators who only allowed a limited number of persons inside at different intervals.

RiteWay, however, has implemented an additional service which allows customers to pre-order their groceries without ever entering the building.

Supermarket shelves, in the meantime, were actively being restocked as high-demand items such as water, toiletries, and select food products were popular among most customers.

The shopping frenzy and social distancing measures are a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic affecting the globe.

With BVI already reporting its first two confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease, government imposed the aforesaid six-day curfew that begins at 8 pm on Friday and will run without interruption till 6 am on Thursday, April 2.


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  1. That works says:

    So only let 20 people in at a time for social distancing but it’s ok to have them all line up next to each other outside the store. Crap like this can’t be made up. Only in the BVI

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  2. Anonymous says:

    When you are, think and behave foolish, you will be treated as a fool is.

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  3. LOL says:

    In a few months we will realize what dumb c**ts we all were over a man made flu!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Wait when are the locals going to say that them vow born ya, but Coronavirus come ta

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  5. Daffy Duck says:

    Wait, soon you’ll hear the local Tolians saying how they born on this dry rock, but Coronavirus come here.just wait, it’s coming, baskets of Deplorables.

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  6. Me says:

    So why are you on “this dry rock” feel free to please pack your bags and leave

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