Coronavirus: State outlines essential goods available during lockdown

Coronavirus: State outlines essential goods available during lockdown

- Ahead of the 21-day national lockdown the Department of Cooperative and Government Affairs has published regulations

- The regulations outline the 'essential goods' which will be available for purchase during the shutdown

- Briefly.co.za explores what items will be available during this time

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The Department of Cooperative and Government Affairs has published the regulations governing the 'essential goods' which citizens will be allowed to purchase during the lockdown.

All retail shops and shopping malls must be closed during the 21-day period which begins on Thursday at midnight.

The only outlets that will be open are essential goods outlets with regulations stipulating that stores will be prohibited from selling any other items.

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The following good will be available for purchase:

Food

  • Any food product including non-alcoholic beverages. The sale and even transporting alcohol has been completely banned.
  • Animal food
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any food.

Cleaning and hygiene products

  • Toilet paper, sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms;
  • Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products, personal protective equipment;
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above.

Medical

  • Medical and hospital supplies, equipment and personal protective equipment;
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above.

Fuel

  • Including gas and coal.

Basic goods

  • This includes airtime and electricity. While this category is relatively vague, it will likely be guided by the essential services which are currently outlined by the gazette.

Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele warned that citizens will face strict punishments for breaching these regulations.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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