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Panic eases at supermarkets

Roads were almost deserted at the weekend as the island experienced the first two days of new shelter in place restrictions.

Zach Moniz, the manager at Lindo's Group of Companies, said that, despite further shopping restrictions due to come into force today, Saturday was less hectic than Friday.

Mr Moniz added: “I think people are getting into the groove and settling down a bit. There was no panic, just general shopping. It was a much better day than Friday.”

He said Lindo's supermarkets were prepared to implement Government policies to allocate shopping days alphabetically by surname, which would cut back on crowds.

Mr Moniz added: “We already have security hired to limit the number of people in the shop, so now we just need them to check ID like they already do for essential services people.

“It may be a bit of a relief for us because it limits how many people are going to come on a given day.”

But Mr Moniz said shoppers should remember that stores would be shut on Good Friday, so people with a surname in the first half of the alphabet would need to make sure they had enough groceries to last from Wednesday to next Monday.

He added that Sundays were reserved for seniors under the new rules, but they could still shop by surname on other days.

Mr Moniz said: “I have been approached by seniors who were under the impression they could only shop on Sundays, but that's not the case.”

Martha Dismont, of the Family Centre, said the charity had worked on a remote basis with its clients to prepare them for the new restrictions.

She added the shelter in place order had placed extra strain on some families — but there was a silver lining for others.

Ms Dismont said: “It has focused families on the issue of working together.

“Parents are working out how to spend time with their children, things they can do with each other.”

Palm Sunday — the Sunday before Easter — was also quiet for churches.

The Right Reverend Nicholas Dill, the Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, said it was the first time in centuries the day was not celebrated by processions and outdoor celebrations.

But he added churches had taken a creative approach to take services into parishioners' homes.

Bishop Dill said: “We have been helping people make palm crosses at home.

“Later during the week we will be producing resources to have a kind of Passover meal on Thursday and observe Good Friday and Easter Sunday through online services, including a resource for having your own sunrise service at home.”

Bishop Dill added the church had contacted the faithful by phone and had organised meals to help the vulnerable.

He said: “It is, of course a hugely anxious and worrying time and I don't want to undermine that.

“The scope of the changes will be most keenly felt in the times when we would normally be out celebrating Good Friday kite flying, church services and family gatherings.

“That is not to be — but we can be crafty at home, share meals together, link up with others and with the church and ensure that there is an unseen guest in our homes — the risen Jesus.”

Bishop Dill added: “We as a community need to ensure we are supporting our government and healthcare officials in doing what is necessary.

“We all have a role and part to play — and I truly believe that we will come out of this stronger, more supportive of one another — perhaps a little more humble and I pray with stronger relationships.”

24-hour lockdown: a deserted Front Street at 8pm on Saturday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published April 06, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 06, 2020 at 9:14 am)

Panic eases at supermarkets

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