Hardware stores can now reopen – but only to certain people
- Plumbers, electricians and other "qualified tradespersons" will now be able to buy goods needed for emergency repairs.
- Stores will have to keep a register of all shoppers, according to new regulations for the next phase of the national lockdown.
- Vehicle components can also be bought - but only for repairs to vehicles used in essential services.
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Stores selling hardware and vehicle components can now reopen as the next phase of the national lockdown begins – under strict conditions.
Under new regulations, released on Thursday, only “qualified tradespersons” may buy supplies needed for emergency repairs at residential homes.
Essential service providers can also buy any hardware and other supplies needed to provide their services.
Stores need to keep a register of everyone who bought goods, and buyers need to sign the following form every time they visit the store:
A spokesperson of Massmart, which owns Builders Warehouse, indicated that it will open its stores following the new regulations.
“Our initial view is that we will be able to serve customers covered under the regulations. For example, (we can) serve trade customers such as plumbers and electricians.”
The French hardware giant Leroy Merlin, which now has stores in South Africa, also told Business Insider that it will re-open "partially".
Plumbers, electricians, locksmiths, glaziers, roof repair work as well as other trades who do emergency repair work have also now been declared essential services - as have those who provide emergency vehicle repairs for those delivering essential services.
Components for these vehicles which are under-going emergency repairs can also now be sold.
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