Sunday 5 April, 2020

Supermarket cleans trolleys, sets up hand-washing stations

Photo courtesy the Price Club Supermarket/Facebook.

Photo courtesy the Price Club Supermarket/Facebook.

Price Club Supermarket said it has launched preventative hygiene measures, as global concern on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues.

The supermarket shared photos to social media showing staff cleaning their trolleys as well as several face basins which had been set up near the compound for customers to wash their hands. 

The supermarket said it is focusing on preventative measures, ahead of mandates by the Ministry of Health to ensure hands are clean at all times, to prevent the spread of germs.

"Systems put in place at the Price Club for public hygiene. Face basins installed at the entrance (and) shopping carts being cleaned regularly...prevention is our main focus at this point in time," the company said. 

The supermarket said regular wiping of trolleys with cleaning agents is being carried out to ensure health and safety measures are followed. 

Several people said they appreciated the safety measures. 

Dinnoo Lee: "Excellent it shows you care for your customers, "

Vitas Butkoon: "The best Supermarket in the country. Hands down."

Vanessa Ramchand: "This is great! If nothing else this coronavirus has helped people learn how to wash their hands. Establishments shouldn't NEED to do this, but if we all wait for everyone to get on board, we'll never get anywhere. Kudos to Price Club Supermarket, as always, for being proactive and putting community before business!"

Massy Stores Corporate Group Communications Manager, Candace Ali, told Loop News that the company has also taken extra measures to ensure branches are cleaned regularly. 

Starlite Pharmacy also shared a post to social media showing staff cleaning their hand baskets.

The pharmacy also assured that they have gloves and face masks in stock.

Loop News has reached out to other supermarkets to see if others have employed similar measures. 

The Health Ministry issued an advisory ahead of the global spread of COVID-19, urging people to practice safe hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. 

To date, 35 people were tested for COVID-19 and no one tested positive for the virus. 

The Health Ministry said preventative measures include

  • Washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Covering one's nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Coughing and sneezing into the crook of one's elbow if no tissue is available
  • Avoiding close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs before consumption.

The Health Ministry said thermal screening is also taking place at the nation's major ports of entry as part of its Infectious Disease Protocol.

The Ministry said scanners are also in place at the Port of Spain and Cedros ports. 

 

About COVID-19

COVID-19, previously called the Novel Coronavirus, is part of a family of viruses that includes the common cold, SARS and MERS.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Acute diarrhoea

In severe cases symptoms may also include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • Kidney failure

For more information on COVID-19 visit https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/ 

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