I find the behaviour quite disrespectful.
Signed: Respectfully, by David E Furbert.
As noted, the Minister, Wayne Caines issued the following response:
Thank you for your email communique and the content contained therein.
I must say I am deeply concerned by your temerity. It is clear from your letter that you are tone deaf to the significance of the pandemic and how it can potentially negatively impact our island.
You also show little understanding of the national impact the faux pas at your restaurant had on the psyche of our island yesterday.
Please be advised that yesterday I received several calls, email messages, voice notes, WhatsApp messages and pictures with reference to overcrowding, the lack of social distancing, and customers not wearing face coverings whilst waiting in line at a Mr Chicken Restaurant.
After being alerted to the matters that I described above, I jumped into my vehicle and drove to the The Marketplace Mr Chicken In Southampton.
When I arrived at your restaurant I noticed that people were in line waiting for their orders – they were not 6 feet apart. I also noted that more than one person in the aforementioned line did not have on a face covering.
I also noticed the cars were indiscriminately parked outside directly outside of your restaurant with several people waiting for their orders. Many of your patrons were complaining that they had been waiting for their meals for a long period of time. Please note, the people were not socially distanced.
To be blunt, the administrative process at your restaurant left much to be desired and I am being courteous in my response.
I did not barge into your restaurant; there was no one sitting at the door. The cashier who was supposed to be at the door was away from her post. I simply walked in to the restaurant.
When the cashier returned to her post I was inside and it was then she asked me who I was.
I took off my mask and she immediately recognized me.
I shared with your cashier the purpose of my visit.
Might I suggest that instead of being confrontational and defensive you should pay close attention to the terms and conditions set out for restaurants on the Goverment Website.
It was obvious that your restaurant was inadequately staffed, hence the long line, and people waiting in the parking lot.
Your restaurant could benefit from having a security officer present to help with crowd management.
You must ensure that your customers in line are 6 feet apart at all times.
You must ensure that your patrons are wearing face coverings (No exceptions) including children.
You should make sure patrons are not illegally parked and sitting directly outside of your restaurant. To be clear the patrons waiting outside by the cars or in their cars waiting for their orders must also be socially distanced and must also have on face covers.
Please note, I strongly recommend that you deal with the above-mentioned Matters or your Restaurant May be shut down.
I wish you all the best.