The shelves in stores that usually carry hand sanitizers, Lysol cans, alcohol and Clorox bottles are empty as Belizeans prepare for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19. Several store managers told Love News today that in 24 hours after restocking their shelves, they are empty again. Notably, there seems to be an increase in purchases of food items such as flour and other basic commodities. The Cool Room Supervisor from Bottom Dollar stated that if this continues, they may have to put a limit on how much of one item a shopper can buy.
Shirlene Anderson, Cool Room Supervisor: “We have been running out, we’re completely out of sanitizer and the Lysol spray, the only Lysol that we have is the trigger spray that you can spray down on your surface and it’s been a rush since the epidemic of the Coronavirus but otherwise from that the store is smooth and running it’s just everybody is trying to get all the disinfectants that they can to keep their house sanitized and family protected over this virus. Just like America everybody is bulking up on food, toilet paper and everything because you don’t know if the country is going to be shut down in two weeks or what but everybody is just being prepared and for once we are all preparing ourself and taking care of our country. We make sure we have every stock, the only thing is the suppliers of the sanitizers and the Lysol they are out also but we’re trying every other source to get in supply to our customers. At the moment we don’t have any Lysol but I guess if we get in that is going to be a policy in place so everybody in Belize can have instead of everybody just thinking about one family we’re thinking about everybody else.”
Some stores, such as Wellworth and Star Hall in Belize City have placed policies on the Lysol cans. One reason for this is to discourage reselling of the cans at a higher price.