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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