Covid-19: Confusion as SA questions new clothing regulations

Covid-19: Confusion as SA questions new clothing regulations

- The Covid-19 pandemic has seen some strange restrictions imposed on South Africans

- The latest one is the new Level 4 regulations governing what clothing items may be bought

- The strange new rules have baffled many after being gazetted earlier this week

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Confusion seems to be the order of the day with the new rules on which clothing items may be sold baffling citizens and analysts alike.

The Department of Trade and Industry has released newly-gazetted regulations which have determined that T-shirts may only be purchased “where displayed and promoted as undergarments for warmth”.

While clothes for children and babies are allowed, along with maternity wear, adult clothing has evidently been considered a far more complex rule.

The types of clothing citizens are allowed to legally purchase during Level4 lockdown has raised more than a few eyebrows.

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Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has condemned the rules as petty nonsense.

“We have now officially entered the twilight zone. Government deciding what clothing you can and cannot buy. Wearing a t-shirt (unless for warmth as an undergarment) is soon going to become a revolutionary act. Time to stop this petty nonsense and get real!" reported that the opposition party had condemned the current restrictions, adamant that the lockdown should be relaxed, if not lifted entirely.

Herman Mashaba has also slammed the new regulations as 'total madness' commenting that.

"I never believed I would live to see total madness by government. President Cyril Ramaphosa, please don't use the coronavirus pandemic to bring some kind of cultural revolution in our democracy. Making the decision for us what clothing to buy is certainly going just too far."

The items South Africans may now purchase include the following:

  • Baby and toddler clothing and footwear.
  • Children’s wear, including schoolwear and school shoes.
  • Maternity wear - adult sleepwear and gowns.
  • Adult underwear.
  • A range of adult footwear categories, including boots, slippers, sneakers, takkies and trainers.
  • Adult outerwear categories including activewear, knitwear, jackets and coats.
  • Adult accessories and bedding categories, including baby bedding and blankets, duvets, blankets and electric blankets.
  • The list of winter goods includes all baby and toddler clothing, maternity wear and bedding accessories.

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