26 March 2020 – Prohibited the sale of non-essential goods

Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Government of South Africa prohibited retail stores selling essential goods from selling non essential goods.

As alcohol is a non essential good, alcohol sales are now prohibited. On 3 April, cigarettes were also classified as a non-essential item.
Full details here: https://www.gov.za/documents/disaster-management-act-regulations-address-prevent-and-combat-spread-coronavirus-covid-19