NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced that grocery store hours will be extended to 10pm today and tomorrow, after scores of shoppers flooded supermarkets ahead of the five-day lockdown.
“The supermarkets have now been extended until 10pm and that would allow every individual to be accommodated,” Minnis said during a press conference today.
The prime minister urged Bahamians to compile their shopping lists in advance, to reduce their time in the supermarket, and assign one individual per household.
He also insisted that everyone wear masks when going in the public, to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Minnis also announced that essential workers will be allowed to shop on Thursday, so they do not need to flock to the store.
As for Family Island grocery stores, the prime minister announced that the government’s alphabetic system is not necessary for those islands.
“The system that they already implemented is working effectively and efficiently and they can continue with that,” he said.
The supermarkets in the Family Islands will be opened until 7pm to accommodate individuals.
Minnis also assured that mailboat services will continue to deliver the necessary goods and wholesale items to the Family Islands, in order for their inventory to be replenished.