Provision includes baby clothes, blankets, towels and other essential accessories for newborns, infants and toddlers up to 36 months old
THE DEPARTMENT of Trade, Industry and Competition on Thursday clarified that despite the closure of general businesses during the 21-day national lockdown to grapple with Covid-19, shops selling products for babies and toddlers are allowed to trade.
The regulations published by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, under a government notice on March 18, were amended in subsequent notices on March 25 and 26.
Department of Trade, Industry and Competition spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said the amendments included products for the care of babies and toddlers in the list of essential goods.
“Following requests for clarification, we confirm that this provision includes baby clothes, blankets, towels and other essential accessories for newborns, infants and toddlers up to 36 months old,” he said.
To ensure the effectiveness of the lockdown in containing the spread of Covid-19, all stores currently permitted to remain open for the sale of other essential goods, including supermarkets, may therefore sell these products, he added.
“We have been in contact with the CEOs of the large retailers, who have undertaken to sell these products at prices which simply cover their basic costs of production and distribution for the period of the lockdown,” Medupe said.
“Hospitals and clinics may directly procure these products as necessary to provide for the infants in their care.”
– African News Agency (ANA)