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Department of Trade and Industry clarifies essential goods for babies and toddlers

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The Department of Trade and Industry has issued a statement which explicitly states what will continue to be sold during the lockdown period, as part of essential goods for babies and toddlers.

In a statement today, 9 April 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry responded to queries from the public regarding what is considered essential goods for babies and toddlers. The statement clarified that all supermarkets and essential goods stores will be selling items such as baby clothes, blankets, towels, and other essential accessories for newborns, infants and toddlers up to 36-months-old.

The statement also stipulated that the relevant stores have been instructed to price these items at a price which simply covers cost of manufacturing and distribution. It stated, “To ensure the effectiveness of the lockdown in containing the spread of COVID-19, all stores that are currently permitted to remain open for the sale of other essential goods, including supermarkets, may therefore sell these products.” Hospitals and clinics are also able to purchase these items directly in order to care for patients.

See the full statement here.

Sayushka Naidoo
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