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The transition between lockdown level five to level four can be a bit confusing when it comes to knowing what you can and can’t buy so below is a list of all the things you are able to buy during lockdown level four:

  1. All food products, non-alcoholic beverages and pet food.
  2. The ‘hot cooked food’ issue has been solved, in a fashion. You cannot purchase it in-store, but you can place an order for these products during your online shop. The delivery of takeaway food is also permitted.
  3. Toilet paper, sanitary pads, tampons, condoms and all toiletries linked to personal health/hygiene.
  4. Haircare, beauty products, manicure and pedicure tools, deodorants, dental care products, body and facial items/treatments. These are considered ‘cosmetic toiletries’.
  5. Medicine, personal protective equipment (PPE), and all first aid / medical supplies remain available for purchase.
  6. Petrol, diesel, paraffin, oil, other forms of gasoline, coal, and wood: Anything that falls under ‘combustible’ items.
  7. Airtime and electricity top-ups can be purchased, post office services – and related items – are permitted.
  8. Newspapers, magazines, and topical printed publications.
  9. All components and parts linked to hardware, vehicle repair, and academic stationery are now on sale.
  10. Computers, mobile and cellular phones, plus any supplies linked to home office / IT business make the list.
  11. Winter clothing, footwear, children’s clothes, bedding, heaters, and blankets have been added to the list of essentials.
  12. Specific textiles, chemicals and packaging materials needed to produce our essential items can be store-bought.
  13. E-commerce remains limited. But you can still purchase online subscriptions, membership fees, and all types of downloadable content.

We hope this helps make writing your shopping list down a bit easier.