Packed supermarket parking lots and relatively active Tortola streets during lockdown on Thursday
Less than 24-hours after government announced that uniformed essential workers were allowed to conduct walk-in shopping at local supermarkets, Tortola residents of all kinds have started to flock these establishments.
When BVI News visited Bobby’s Supermarket in Road Town, OneMart Superstore in Purcell Estate, and RiteWay Food Market’s Pasea location on Thursday afternoon, their respective parking lots were virtually full.
From the vantage point of these parking lots, our news centre observed a handful of persons dressed in uniform and a larger variety of shoppers in casual clothes.
Some streets, especially surrounding these establishments, were also a picture of normalcy; with a relatively regular flow of traffic.
BVI News did not observe any police presence on these roads or at the establishments.
Tortola, like the rest of the territory, is still under what is supposed to be 24-hour lockdown; during which time all non-essential residents and workers are mandated to stay at home. Non-essential personnel are further required to procure grocery items by utilising local delivery services.
The lockdown is, so far, expected to end on Sunday, April 26.