A customer washes his hands at a sink installed by the management of Viewport Supermarket, Scarborough, on Friday morning. (Image: CAMILLE McEACHNIE)

Relief spread across Tobago as Viewport Supermarket—based in Scarborough and Canaan—reopened its doors today (Friday, March 20).

The supermarket is one of two well-known Tobago grocery brands.

The management of the long-standing and well-established grocery shut their doors on Thursday, March 19, citing COVID-19 safety concerns for staff and customers.

They asked for guidelines from the authorities.

In a release on social media on Thursday night, the management said:

“We have been working with the authorities to provide a safe environment in this trying time. Thus, we intend to open for business…after employing stringent sanitary measures and with new procedures in place to protect everyone.”

“This includes the phased rollout of delivery and pickup service: ViewportGo supermarket.com.go.”

The supermarkets’ Managing Director, Melony Hunte, told Guardian Media that in addition to installing sinks at the stores’ entrances, a limited number of people would be allowed in the groceries, at any point in time.

“We are satisfied that we are keeping our staff and customers safe as we are also sanitizing our trolleys constantly. We are encouraging all who visit us to follow our rules and guidelines,” Hunte said.