The South African Government has confirmed that baby clothing and essentials are allowed during the lockdown. This comes after many citizens receiving mixed messages over social media that these items are not allowed.
“Following requests for clarification, we confirm that this provision includes baby clothes, blankets, towels and other essential accessories for new-borns, infants and toddlers up to 36 months old.”
Any purchasing for children over the age of 36 months, will have to be but on hold in the meantime, if you leave the house to buy the items for an older child then you will be breaking the lockdown rules and could face a fine or in some cases a criminal record.
The Government has contacted the CEOs of large retailers to reassure them that they can now sell “Products for the care of babies and toddlers”.
“Regulations published by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister under Government Notice 318 of 18 March 2020 were amended by regulations as published in Government Notice R398 of 25 March 2020 as well as by regulations in Government Notice R 419 of 26 March 2020.” said SA Government