Lockdown level 4: Retailers selling winter clothes, limited e-commerce allowed to operate

 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has announced a list of industries that will be re-opening on lockdown level four. 

The businesses that will be allowed to operate include 50% production of factories. Retailers that sell winter clothing, bedding and linen will be allowed to operate. 

Stores that sell educational products and stationery will operate including; the sale of information technology services. E-commerce will be allowed to operate but on a limited basis. Repair shops will be allowed to operate for emergency services. Vehicles sales will be allowed to a certain extent.

Patel was among members of the government’s National Coronavirus Command Council who on Wednesday gave a detailed public briefing on the regulations relating to the easing of South Africa’s lockdown restrictions to Level 4.

The minister said the decisions on which industries will be allowed to operate was not easy and was based on managing the spread of the virus and the need to open up the economy. 

“Not everything that can open immediately and these are the toughest decisions that we have all had to make,” Patel said.