Kurt Warner, managing director of Tobago’s Penny Savers supermarket, said people should be careful about the Covit 19 health protocol when shopping at grocery stores and supermarkets.
He was responding on Wednesday to the Supermarket Association’s plan to implement a quota per person per family for shoppers, especially at the end of the month.
The Penny Savers supermarket has three outlets in Tobago, Conan, Cornbay and Scarborough.
Considering the rise of Govt 19 epidemics, the scheme seeks to encourage people to shop in small numbers, said Rajiv Dipti, president of the association, on Tuesday.
Although supermarket owners try to follow health guidelines, many customers violate the rules regarding washing their hands and physical distance.
Warner told Newsday that the move could help reduce the number of shoppers in supermarkets.
“This is something that was activated when the initial eruption of Govt 19 occurred last year.
“It simply came to our notice then. It can help. But people really have to comply with it. This is nothing new, I will say. This was done for most of 2020. ”
But Warner said, “Everyone should be responsible, because at the end of the day, it’s time to avoid church. Do we need five and six people belonging to one household in the supermarket at the same time? I don’t think so. ”
It is reasonable to demand a reduction in the number of supermarkets, he said. But he believes supermarket owners will have to trust the moral case to make the plan a success.
“I think this is a moral case now because I do not see where a person or individuals can be stopped, ‘Do you belong to the same house?’ So I think this is a very moral case. “
Meanwhile, the Department of Health, Health and Family Development said in a statement Wednesday that there are four new Govt 19 cases in Tobago.
This brings the total number of active cases on the island to 40.
The unit said one person had been evicted.