GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Three issues, namely the standardising of trading hours, selling meals-to-go and cigarettes, were some of the many pressing issues discussed at the Multi Agency Command Centre at Garden Route District Municipality over the past two days.
Here is what you need to know:
A decision was made a short while ago by the South African Police Service to ban the sale of cigarettes, this decision, has however been reversed. Businesses who sold cigarettes will now be allowed to do so again.
Please take note: Grocers who form part of the selling of essential items, are allowed to sell cigarettes again, but not Tobacco-only traders.
According to Gerhard Otto, Eden Disaster Manager, the decision to reverse the ban on cigarettes was communicated by the SAPS legal department to all the municipalities in the Western Cape this morning at their daily early morning digital operations meeting.
It seems the main motivation behind the lifting of the ban is to curb the sales of illegal cigarettes.
It was decided to standardise the trading hours of shops that trade with food. The decision, taken at the COVID-19 Garden Route District Multi Agency Command Centre, aims to reduce the number of people on the road and visiting shops. Trading hours will be between 08:00 and 18:00, daily.
Selling of ready-made hot meals are prohibited. No business, food outlet, including supermarkets (like Spar, Woolworths, Checkers Pick ‘ Pay, etc.), restaurants or cafés will be allowed to provide any hot prepared meals, meals-to-go or take aways to any member of the public.