Temporary Suspension of Alphabetical Shopping Schedule
Alphabetical shopping schedule to resume April 20th
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the alphabetical shopping schedule will be suspended for this week.
He announced the temporary suspension at the COVID-19 press conference on Monday.
Dr. Minnis said the suspension will be effective April 14th through Friday 17th.
Tomorrow marks the end of the 5 day complete shutdown of services, when citizens return to the 24 hour curfew.
Dr. Minnis said an alphabetical shopping schedule will come back into effect on Monday, April 20th.
He said grocery stores will be open from 6 am to 7 pm, and seniors and persons with disabilities can shop from Monday to Friday, 6 am to 8 am.
He added that during the weekend lock-downs, grocery stores will be allowed to operate on Saturdays from 6 am to 6 pm but for essential workers only.
The schedule for essential workers is as follows:
On Saturdays, from 6 am to 12 noon, health professionals, police and defence force officers, employees of clearing banks and employees of wholesale distributors will be allowed to shop.
From 12 Noon to 6 pm, the remaining essential workers, as identified in the Emergency Powers (Lock-down) Order will have access to food stores, which include essential workers of core utilities such as water, electricity and communications, the media, security company workers, department of correctional facilities, customs, immigration, social services, environmental health services, waste disposal and sanitation workers, fire services and NIB.
Dr. Minnis said pharmacies will also be allowed to operate on Saturdays until 3 p.m. for essential workers only.
He said all pharmacies and food stores should have hand sanitizer available for use by all staff, and food stores are required to have hand sanitizers available for all patrons.
In addition to wholesale bakeries and water producers, wholesale food suppliers will also be allowed to operate during the lockdowns to allow for restocking.