South Africa: Lockdown Explained By Government, Part 4 - Basic Movements


In what is expected to be the final press briefing before the onset of South Africa's national lockdown, Cabinet ministers from the security cluster attempted to clarify some of the many questions around what basic movements the public will be permitted.

Which places will be closed to the public during lockdown?

All religious, cultural, sporting and entertainment venues, shopping malls, bus depots, train stations, airports, parks, beaches and swimming pools, open-air markets. No restaurants are allowed to be open, and restaurants cannot run delivery or takeaway services. All hotels and accommodation services will also be closed unless they are required to keep housing tourists who are currently self-isolating.

Can I buy alcohol during the lockdown?

No. No bars or liquor stores will be open, and supermarkets will not be permitted to sell booze. Police Minister Bheki Cele said: "For 21 days, please stay sober."

If you plan on stocking up on alcohol on your last available day to do so - Thursday 26 April - be aware that some supermarkets have already placed limits on how much can be purchased by each consumer.

Will cigarettes be sold during lockdown?

There is some uncertainty on this point, but smokers should prepare...

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