What is considered an essential product? (Level 3)

Level Three: Permitted Retail and Service Operations; and Personal Movement

All COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as determined by the National Department of Health.


1. Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages and animal food;
2. Toilet Paper, sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms;
3. Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products, and personal protective equipment;
4. Products for the care of babies and toddlers;
5. Personal toiletries, including hair care, body and face care products, roll-ons, deodorants, dental care products;
6. Medical and Hospital Supplies, medicine, equipment and personal protective equipment;
7. Fuel, including coal, wood, paraffin and gas;
8. Airtime and electricity
9. Hardware, components and supplies for sale to the general public;
10. Stationery and all books;
11. Components for vehicles undergoing emergency repairs where such vehicle is used by a person engaged in essential services work;
12. Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any these products;
13. All household appliances;
14. All clothing, home textiles and footwear;
15. Alcohol products (limited)
16. Personal ICT equipment including computers, mobile telephones and other home office equipment;
17. Motor vehicles sales, subject to Directions

Off-premises consumption of alcohol, subject to limited hours (Mon-Wed  8 – 12 pm) and subject to an approved industry plan on social distance and quantitative restrictions. No consumption on-premises.

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