Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s address to the nation – January 08, 2021. (PMO)

Members of the public could soon be again using the alphabet system at supermarkets, hardware stores and banks.

Word of this came today from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during an address to the nation, in which she gave a COVID-19 update and outlined Government’s immediate plans, as it deals with the pandemic.

She disclosed that she is consulting with the private sector and the unions and that from as early as Sunday, the alphabet system could be reintroduced at supermarkets, hardware stores and banks, as was done last year.

Ms. Mottley stated: “I hope that we will get the completion of the discussions with the private sector and the labour movement by the end of tonight, such that a press release can go out as to whether we agree on the reintroduction of the alphabet system. I want to do it; I’m strong about it …but I don’t believe…I should just announce it without being able to speak to them….  

“… We will have a meeting between BAMP and the Government and the private sector because, obviously I know the private sector does not like the idea of the alphabet system. But, by the same token, the doctors, both in BAMP and public health, have all felt that between now and the 14th of January, in the first instance, we should go there. I am inclined to support them, but…out of a matter of fairness, a meeting will be held.”

The Prime Minister said the meeting would be held by this evening or tomorrow morning the latest, and once resolved, the directive would be prepared by tomorrow afternoon.

sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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