The government has clarified that baby clothes and other baby essentials are part of the essential goods list and may be sold during the nationwide lockdown.
Under new amendments, the sale of baby essentials are now included. “Following requests for clarification, we confirm that this provision includes baby clothes, blankets, towels, and other essential accessories for new-borns, infants and toddlers up to 36 months old.”
“To ensure the effectiveness of the lockdown in containing the spread of COVID-19, all stores that are currently permitted to remain open for the sale of other essential goods, including supermarkets, may, therefore, sell these products.”
“We have been in contact with the CEO’s of the large retailers, who have undertaken to sell these products at prices which simply cover their basic costs of production and distribution for the period of the lockdown,” said the Department of Trade and Industry in a statement on Thursday.
“The regulations published on 25 March included, under paragraph 6(a), the following inclusion as an essential good: (iv) Products for the care of babies and toddlers.
“Hospitals and clinics may directly procure these products as necessary to provide for the infants in their care,” said the Dti.