Massy SLU adjust hours to accommodate shopping seniors during COVID-19
The largest supermarket chain on the island Massy Stores Supermarket has taken the elderly and differently-abled customers into consideration amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the company will be making adjustments to ensure that shoppers who fall into the two categories will get a chance to shop.
Already fears of the virus has triggered panic shopping and most recently rationing of grocery supplies, leaving the elderly and differently-abled unable to shop for themselves.
According to Managing Director of Massy Stores Saint Lucia, “Plans are in place for Massy Stores to set out designated days and stores, hours within the day for our elderly and differently-abled to shop.”
The elderly and differently-abled he says are vulnerable and are even more susceptible in contracting the virus.
The special hour allows seniors to shop in less crowded conditions, as they would be inside the store before any other customers, enabling social distancing.
“We are looking at the first hour of the day for certain stores where our elderly and differently-abled can shop comfortably without that heightened fear of coming into contact with the general public,” Dorville said.
Earlier this week, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities made a plea for its members to be included in the decision making and discussion related to COVID-19.
A similar initiative will be rolled out for essential services providers.
“We have those persons who are on the frontline, the nurses, the police, the firemen, the doctors, the guys attending to ambulance services, they want to be able to take care of their families also and as such we are also dedicating in the other stores because we do not want them to cross with the elderly and differently-abled in the other stores, where the first hour of the day they will shop freely. We have to think about those things as we go along,” Dorville stated.
He added, “We have to think about each other, we can do this together, and if we work together, we can survive this.”
From March 23, senior citizens 60 years and over will be allowed to shop form 7 am to 8 pm at four locations; the Rodney Heights, Cul-d-Sac, Waterfront and La Tourney supermarkets once their ID cards are presented for verification.
Essential service providers will be allowed to shop in five locations; Sunny Acres, Rodney Bay, La Clery, William Perter Boulevard and New Dock Road with proper identification.