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.
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