[Updated] “Grocery stores, pharmacy and gas station visits will be done on specific days according to your surname,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, with some shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; while others will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with Sundays reserved for seniors.
Speaking at this evening’s press briefing, the Minister said, “I will now share some key operational guidelines as it specifically relates to the movements to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.
“Grocery stores, pharmacy and gas station visits will be done on specific days according to your surname. Last names beginning from A to K, your days for going to the grocery store, pharmacies and gas stations are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“If your last name starts with L to Z, your shopping days for pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Sundays are reserved for our senior citizens, senior citizens are anyone commencing at the age of 65 years and above. A senior can go on any day that corresponds with their last name, but remember specifically Sunday grocery shopping is set aside for seniors.”
Update 11.30pm: There appears to be changes to what was said at the press conference earlier this evening.
The Premier has tweeted in reference to this. He said, “There was some negative feedback regarding the naming system for grocery shopping, given there was no advance notice. Thanks for the feedback, nobody is perfect! That system will not come into place until Monday. So you will have time to go to the store over the weekend.
“Also, there was some confusion regarding a statement from Min. Caines We want only 1 person from household to go shopping, but if you are a single parent and you have children, yes you can bring them. However what we are encouraging as few people to go out.
“Finally, the last name system will not apply to Pharmacies. If you need your prescription then you need to get your medication, and not wait days.”
In addition, the graphic tweeted, is listing the name division as A-L and M-Z, rather than A-K and L-Z.