Wednesday 25 March 2020
Measures put in place by large food retailers, along with sensible and respectful behaviour from shoppers, resulted in a calm experience for those buying their essentials this morning.
On the first day of the new strict measures on staying at home and away from others, the island's main food retailers all reported positively about efforts by all (staff and customers) to maintain social distancing. Measures in place include queuing systems to get into stores to ensure customer numbers inside are kept low enough for social distancing.
While some product lines were light the general feedback from retailers was that stocks remained good, with further deliveries due later.
The island's supply chain remains strong.
Police Officers were patrolling this morning providing reassurance and advice, including visiting supermarkets, and feedback was that people were in good spirits and adhering to the new rules.
Deputy Gavin St Pier, Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority, said:
'There has been a marked change in behaviours since the weekend and the whole community should be thanked for that. We have been and remain in close contact with food retailers and I thank them for the measures they have put in place to ensure that social distancing between their customers and staff is maintained wherever possible.