Rota stores ‘innovate’ to serve residents

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STORES on Rota continue to serve their community despite the enhanced social distancing directive that allows them to be open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.

A store sign on Rota informs residents about its new service.  Contributed photos

Sen. Paul A. Manglona said people do not want to go to crowded stores in the morning, so they place their orders over the phone, and pick up the items usually in the afternoon outside the store.

Harvest Mart, for example, accepts phone orders from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and advises its customers to have their payments ready when they pick up the items they order outside the store.

3 Kings Market also allows its customers to pick up their orders.

On Wednesday, however, Manglona said police officers ordered store owners to stop leaving items outside their establishments.

He added that “this type of service reduces person-to-person contact, which is one of the goals of the governor’s directive.”

On Thursday, Rota Public Safety Resident Director Glen Maratita informed all grocery stores that their “curbside sales operation is allowable, and a clarification memo will be issued this week.”

Manglona said the stores’ “innovative curbside idea should be encouraged. But I also want to remind our people to take seriously the social distancing concerns and take every precaution to keep space between themselves and others. Stay home and avoid crowds as much as possible and always wash your hands.”

He thanked Rota DPS and the governor for the clarification that allowed the island’s stores to continue their “curbside sales.”

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