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Limited Opening Hours for Moms and Pops Community Shops Today

Persons living in communities with small grocery shops and in areas where mini-marts are available and who were unable to replenish essential grocery items when the total shutdown of the island went into effect can now do their grocery shopping today up until noon.

According to the Essential Service Schedule that came out April 1, 2020 mini/marts, community small shops can open today, if they choose. However, they could only remain open from 6:00am – 12noon.

The schedule also allows them to open next Monday for the same time period. This does not apply to supermarkets which will remain close during that period.

Bakeries are also given that six-hour window to do business, however only if they choose to do so.

With respect to sanitation/solid waste collections, citizens are reminded that there will be no collection of bulky waste however there will be one waste collection per community.

Minimal operations have also been allowed for wholesalers and delivery activities meaning those businesses can, upon request, restock small shops and minimarts. However, that could only be done tomorrow, April 3.

The farming community has been given a passed in that farmers are allowed to maintain their farms from 5:00am – 4:00pm every day.

Regarding petrol stations only a few of them will be open during the shutdown period and their opening is to facilitate essential services providers and persons with passes from NEMO. The petrol stations will be open daily but restricted to the hours of 6:00am – 12 noon.

The petrol stations given the nod to open are Cool Breeze in Soufriere, Southern Taxi in Vieux Fort, No 1 Service Station in Vieux Fort, Ken’s Service Station in Micoud, North South Petrol Station on Chaussee Road, Castries and Super Serv Petrol Station in Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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