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Goods that you will be allowed to buy during the lockdown
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As we enter the Nationwide Lockdown, uncertainty creeps in. A lot of questions have been asked and a lot of the questions asked have gone unanswered.

The Department of Cooperative and Government Affairs has published new regulations which outline the ‘essential goods’ which will be allowed during South Africa’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown.

The regulations state that all retail shops and shopping malls must be closed, except where these essential goods are sold. The regulations also state that stores will be prohibited from selling any other goods.

Alcohol and cigarettes have been banned during the lockdown and police minister, Mr Bheki Cele has warned that South Africans face strict punishments for breaking these rules including a fine, or imprisonment of up to six months. Alcohol also is not allowed to be transported during the lockdown.

The police and SANDF are ready to act – to ensure that non-movement will be implemented and that banned goods are not sold. “For 21-days, please stay sober,” he said.

Here is what you can buy during the lockdown:

Food 

  • Any food product – including non-alcoholic beverages. It is important to note that the sale of alcoholic beverages has been completely banned and that South Africans have also been prohibited from transporting alcohol;
  • Animal (pet 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

  • This includes gas and coal.
Gas pump with a drop of gasoline fuel.

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.

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