- Retailers may now sell bedding and a bigger range of clothing during Alert Level 4, under new rules published on Tuesday night.
- But only items listed may be sold.
- The list includes electric blankets and short sleeved t-shirts – as long as they are intended to be used to keep you warm.
- Here is the entire list of clothing and bedding you can now buy again in South Africa.
- For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.
As of Tuesday night South African retailers may sell a bigger range of clothes, and bedding, at Alert Level 4 – but only specific items that appear on a list.
The new rules apply immediately and are specific to Level 4, said trade, industry and competition minister Ebrahim Patel in the Government Gazette.
Patel also on Tuesday night published rules allowing car sales and servicing to restart, in limited fashion.
Here are all the items of clothing and bedding retailers are now allowed to sell.
Anything a baby, toddler, or child can wear.
The regulations allow the sale of "all baby and toddler clothing and footwear" and, similarly, "all children’s wear". But while baby and toddler clothing carries no further explanation, children's clothing is listed as specifically including:
- school wear and school shoes
That list also includes "related accessories" without further elaboration.
Underwear, sleep clothes, and maternity clothing of every kind.
There are no restrictions for three categories of adult clothing: "all maternity wear", "all adult sleepwear and gowns", and "all adult underwear".
The regulations do not mention whether such clothing must serve any specific purpose, decorative or otherwise, and is silent on whether it needs to be warm.
Specific types of adult shoes.
Not all shoes are allowed. Items that may be sold are:
- closed-toe heels
- closed-toe flat shoes
- sneakers and trainers
- smart closed-toe shoes
- casual closed-toe shoes
Specific types of adult clothing.
Similar to shoes, there is no broad category for adult clothing. Instead only these types of clothing may be sold:
- active wear "including gym, running and other exercise apparel"
- jackets and coats
- long sleeved tops
- long sleeved t-shirts
- denim jeans and denim jackets
- pants (with no mention whether long or short)
- skirts (with no mention of length or thickness)
- short sleeved knit tops – "where promoted and displayed as worn under cardigans and knitwear"
- short sleeved t-shirts – "where promoted and displayed as under garments for warmth"
- "crop bottoms worn with boots and leggings"
- shirts, both long sleeved and short sleeved – "where displayed and promoted to be worn under jackets coats and/or knitwear"
- golf shirts
- "one-pieces such as bodysuits"
Adult gloves, belts, and hair accessories.
Allowed accessories are:
- shawls and scarves
- gym and exercise apparel accessories
- hair accessories – with no limitations or further specification.
You may also buy these specific items of bedding.
Allowed bedding items are:
- baby bedding and blankets
- duvets and "duvet inners"
- blankets, comforters, and quilts
- mattress protectors
- sheets and pillow cases
Electric blankets are also included under the bedding category.
See also: Car sales are now legal again under new Level 4 rules, and servicing too – but nothing cosmetic
(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)
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