The system will allow “in the short term” the “delivery of non-cooked food and pharmaceutical products” to the homes of residents so that they can remain confined at home, through a partnership with the Faro Rotaxi taxi cooperative and the Association of Commerce and Services of the Algarve Region (ACRAL), stated the Algarve Chamber.
“This service is part of a set of measures implemented by the municipality, which is seeking to work actively in the search for solutions that minimize the difficulties that everyone is going through and facilitate the permanence of citizens in their homes, for that actively contribute to contain the focus of Covid-19, in the county and in the country”, justified the municipality in a statement.
The transportation of basic goods to people's homes will be ensured by Rotaxi drivers “without any physical cash transaction”, after the citizens place their orders by phone or internet and pay by bank transfer or by the MBWay electronic payment system.
The amount charged will be “corresponding to the products purchased” and “a fee, predefined according to the location of the delivery address, to cover the amount of the trip” made by the drivers of the local taxi cooperative, stated the Chamber, headquarters of District.
The municipality underlined that, in addition to helping residents to stay at home, the basic products distribution initiative aims to “help the county's economy”, giving adherent establishments the possibility of “maintaining their commercial activity at this stage”.
The Câmara de Faro warned, however, that this system must ensure “simultaneously the greatest possible protection for owners, employees and customers, as well as for the population in general”.
The municipality will also launch, under the #FaroemCasa initiative, an “information campaign”, in partnership with condominium management companies operating in the municipality, to “stimulate solidarity among the neighbours of each building” and for less vulnerable groups to help those belonging to risk groups.
The campaign will thus launch an invitation so that the residents of a building can "question whether the neighbour next door needs something" and take basic necessities to those who are most at risk if they do not fulfil the isolation at home.
"The measure aims above all to minimize the difficulties that everyone is going through and, on the other hand, to make it easier for our citizens, especially the elderly, to stay in their homes," argued the Faro municipality.