Cau­tion tape around the en­trace of Massy su­per­mar­ket at Wor­thing, Christ Church, in­di­cates clean­ing and sani­tis­ing is un­der­way. It is done through­out the day to com­bat the ef­fects of the South Coast sewage spill.

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By Sher­ry­lyn Top­pin

Massy Stores is spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars ev­ery week to en­sure the health and safety of cus­tomers and won’t be clos­ing the su­per­mar­ket at Wor­thing, Christ Church.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Randall Ban­field ac­knowl­edged the prob­lems with the South Coast sewage con­sti­tuted a “na­tional cri­sis”, but said there were hun­dreds of peo­ple work­ing ev­ery­day to mit­i­gate the ef­fects.

“Can you imag­ine if all the busi­nesses on the South Coast closed down what a dis­as­ter that would be for Bar­ba­dos?” Ban­field asked dur­ing an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the WEEK­END NA­TION at the Sargeant’s Vil­lage, Christ Church, cor­po­rate head­quar­ters.

“We would never com­pro­mise the safety of our cus­tomers or staff for eco­nomic rea­sons. What we are do­ing here are all the steps to en­sure that hy­giene lev­els and san­i­tary con­di­tions at our Massy Store in Wor­thing are main­tained to our stan­dard and to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Min­istry of health.”

Last week, com­mu­nity ac­tivist Adrian Dono­van called for the clo­sure of the ma­jor su­per­mar­ket.

“Massy, on oc­ca­sions, has cau­tion tape high­light­ing the area where you should not walk. But peo­ple are still go­ing into the su­per­mar­ket af­ter walk­ing through the wa­ter. I un­der­stand quite well from a man­age­ment point of view that if they close they are talk­ing about send­ing home 150 peo­ple. Health must be the pri­or­ity for the cit­i­zens of the coun­try,” Dono­van said.

But Ban­field said the cau­tion tape was put up when clean­ing was be­ing done. The pro­gramme ad­dresses the park­ing and driv­ing spa­ces, pedes­trian/trol­ley ar­eas and in­side the su­per­mar­ket.

What Massy is do­ing:

The ex­te­rior of the com­pound on the south­east­ern side (fac­ing CIBC First Caribbean and the Wor­thing Post Of­fice) are washed down, sani­tised and treated with dis­in­fec­tant three times a day. At 5 a.m., the Bar­ba­dos Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (BWA) does the first treat­ment and Massy pays for two oth­ers in the late morn­ing/mid­day and late af­ter­noon. A pri­vate con­trac­tor does the tests to en­sure in­de­pen­dent ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

An em­ployee treats the pave­ment lead­ing into

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