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Rules relaxed: Hardware stores can operate after storm hits city

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Those who suffered severe damage to their properties due to the hail storm, will have one week during the the extended lockdown period to get the necessary materials from hardware stores to repair their properties.

HOME and business owners in the Frances Baard District who suffered severe damage to their properties due to the hailstorm on Easter Friday, will have one week during the extended lockdown period to get the necessary materials from hardware stores to repair their properties.

This is after a decision was made by the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structures (PROVJOINTS) to allow hardware stores to operate at specific times.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said on Saturday that the amendment was only for hardware stores and registered contractors, starting from April 11, 2020.

“The greater Frances BaardDistrict experienced heavy rain storms accompanied by hail. As from April 11 until April 18, 2020, hardware stores will be allowed to operate. The stipulated times for operations are 9am until 2pm on Saturdays and 8am until 5pm on weekdays,” said Ramatseba.

He said the provision was made solely for the purchasing of storm-damage related items.

“No other items may be purchased other than storm-related repair products,” he said.

Ramatseba urged businesses to maintain the prescribed regulations of the lockdown.

“Businesses are urged to continue adhering to the protocol in terms of regulating the number of customers inside the stores, social distancing and hand sanitising,” said Ramatseba.