Listing a number of recommendations, Premier Andrew Fahie is urging all local supermarkets to implement measures that will promote social distancing and prevent any instance of mass gathering of customers.
The Premier made this appeal hours after confirming the first two imported cases of the coronavirus in the BVI and while announcing a number of Cabinet decisions made to minimise the spread of the disease.
“I’m asking the supermarkets to please put in place some initiatives so that you can monitor and regulate that there are only 20 persons in the store at one time,” the Premier said.
“I humbly suggest that persons stay in their cars … and we [recommend that stores] have numbering systems,” Premier Fahie stated.
He explained that the numbering system will allow would-be shoppers the opportunity to avoid standing in long lines but rather remain in their vehicles while waiting for their numbers to be called.
Remote grocery shopping using technology
Premier Fahie said this method will be perfect for those supermarket establishments who do not have access to technology that helps to regulate the number of persons inside their business.
“For those of you who have access to technology, we are also heavily suggesting to the supermarkets to allow for them (shoppers) to either email or register, in some way, their order with your supermarket using technology. And as a result, you can prepare it and they can either come in for it with a numbering system, or you can have it delivered,” the Premier said.
Utilize food delivery services
The Premier further advised other businesses such as restaurants and delis to consider the option of food delivery or take-out services to avoid crowding during business hours.
“We are asking you to be innovative in this time so we can avoid persons violating the social gathering and distancing measures that have been put in place. It is for your own safety,” Premier Fahie stated.
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