- The provincial Western Cape government has lifted the ban on cigarette sales
- Cigarettes may now be bought at retail outlets but only together with essential goods
- The sale of cigarettes had been banned in South Africa due to the coronavirus outbreak
Western Cape cigarette smokers are smiling all the way to the stores that are open after the provincial government lifted the ban on cigarette sales.
Cigarette sales had been banned in the entire country amid the 21-day national lockdown that's due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Provincial MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier wrote in a statement:
"Cigarettes may be sold during the lockdown, but only together with essential goods."
The provincial government also provided further clarity on essential services selling essential goods after realising that there had been a confusion about which stores were to remain open to provide essential goods.
Maynier said that, in alignment with the SAPS Western Cape, they can confirm:
"Grocery stores include large retail chains as well as smaller corner grocery stores, fruit and veg shops, butchers and convenience stores at filling stations. Pet and veterinary stores are permitted to be open. They may ONLY sell animal food and animal medicines. Health food shops that sell food, hygiene products and / or cleaning products are permitted to be open. If open, these stores may ONLY sell essential goods."
Cellphone shops are not allowed to be open.
"They would only be allowed to sell airtime, and this can be bought at any grocery store, spaza shop or online."
Money lending businesses are also not permitted to be open.
"Businesses can deliver essential goods to people’s homes, but they can't deliver hot meals or any non-essential goods to people's homes."
Briefly.co.za has reported that the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country is now at 1 380.
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