You can buy hot pies, roasted chicken in store from Monday
- South Africans will be able to buy pies, roasted chicken and bread baked in-store from Monday.
- Government banned hot food stations in lockdown.
- They can return – but there need to be “clear protocols”, including about how many people can congregate at a counter.
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Retailers will be able to sell hot food, including rotisserie chickens and pies, as well as bread baked in-store in Level 3, from Monday.
Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said in a briefing that hot food will now be allowed in stores, but there must be “clear protocols”.
Retailers will, for example, have to ensure that not too many people are at the same counter at the same time, Patel said.
In mid-April, retailers – including Woolworths, Shoprite and Checkers – scrambled to close their hot-food stations after Patel reprimanded them in a briefing. He said they were not supposed to have hot food sections since the start of the national lockdown.
Sit-down meals will still not be allowed in South Africa in Level 3. Meals need to be delivered, or can be collected, also through drive-throughs. But restaurants – along with bars, taverns and shebeens – can now sell alcohol for deliveries or collection.
Restaurants have demanded an explanation from government on why they should remain shut for eaters while South African places of worship, such as mosques and churches, can reopen during lockdown Level 3 on 1 June.
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