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These are the types of stores and businesses that will remain open during SA’s lockdown

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  • 21 Days of No Operation
  • South Africa goes into a national lockdown starting on Friday, 27 March, to slow the spread of Covid-19.
  • All businesses will shut down – except a specific list of those exempted from the shutdown and those which run on the internet

Between Tuesday 24 March and Thursday 26 March, businesses will be able to operate as usual, although under a call for social distancing.

The full list of those exempted has yet to be published by the time of publication.

In his address, Ramaphosa said that businesses that may continue operation will include:

  • pharmacies
  • laboratories
  • banks
  • essential finance systems, such as the JSE
  • supermarkets
  • petrol stations
  • healthcare providers
  • companies involved in making or distributing food, basic goods, and medical supplies.

Ramaphosa promised that provision would be made for “essential transport services to continue, including transport for essential staff and for patients who need to be managed elsewhere”.

Companies with continuous operations, such as furnaces and underground mines, will be expected to put their operations on care and maintenance, Ramaphosa said.

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