SA coronavirus lockdown: 'No, you can't buy cigarettes'
Durban - T
he ban on the sale of cigarettes
has not been lifted, as it is not
not an essential item, police have confirmed.
On Sunday evening various online publications quoted
ational police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo as saying people were allowed to buy cigarettes as long as they were bought in conjunction with other goods.
However, Naidoo reiterated on Monday cigarettes
were not listed as an essential items and people were only permitted to leave their homes to purchase groceries, seek medical help, buy medication and collect their social grants.
Four days ago Minister of Trade and Industry
said the sale of cigarettes
during the 21-day lockdown would be prohibited.
said the regulations had been developed based on a health assessment, as had also been indicated by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosanzana Dlamini-Zuma.
"We have a 21-day lockdown, it's not a year, it's not two years. It's a 21-day lockdown to try to see if we can contain this," Patel said.
"On the items that people can buy, obviously we wanted to keep the list as short and simple as possible so that we can do a quick turnaround at shops so that people spend the minimum amount of time there, and travel as infrequently to the shops as possible. Cigarettes is not a basic good."
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