Several grocery stores are now allowed to sell cigarettes in some Western Cape municipalities according to Garden Route District, Herman Peters on Sunday 29 March.
The following municipalities had initially started selling cigarettes just after the lifting of the ban:
They say this move is to counter the sale, production and the manufacturing of illegal cigarettes in the Western Cape province.
However, the ban is not been lifted nationally.
The South African Tobacco Alliance slammed the restrictions placed on the sale of tobacco in light of the 21-day lockdown period to help curb the transmission of Covid-19.
Since the ban got lifted in some local districts in that province, the whole of the Western Cape decided to do the same.
“We’ve been in regular contact with stakeholders at national government and the South African Police Service(SAPS) in the Western Cape to get clarity on regulations for the lockdown – including the sale of cigarettes – and how they impact on businesses and workers in the Western Cape,” the Western Cape government said.
They added, “We know that times are tough, and so we continue to work hard to back businesses. We want to save employers, the job market and the economy in the province. We are all in this together and every single one of us is responsible for stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the Western Cape.”