In all cases, the items listed as essential must be the primary items sold, either individually or combined. No new product lines should be added to the items usually provided.
The following is a list of retail and wholesale premises and types of businesses that are considered essential retail outlets. If your retail sector is not on the list it is not considered essential during this period:
- Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages (including intoxicating liquor) and newspapers.
- Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses.
- Pharmacies/chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical or dispensing services.
- Fuel stations and heating fuel providers.
- Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding.
- Banks, loan agencies, post offices, insurance brokers.
Essential retail outlets must abide by the strict social distancing requirements in place (people should be spaced more than 2 metres apart); adhere to hygiene guidelines and have to wear face coverings; and ensure sale of only products that are usually provided from the premises.
If essential retail outlets are providing a delivery service, the requirements below must be followed:
- Goods must be packed for delivery in line with social distancing and hygiene guidelines, including the wearing of gloves.
- Deliveries must take place as part of a planned itinerary, and goods must not be sold by delivery drivers to other parties.
- Deliveries must be undertaken by no more than one person wearing gloves.
- A 70% alcohol hand gel should be rubbed on the gloves between deliveries.
- Delivered goods must be left on the doorsteps of premises or in an agreed outside place – there must be no direct customer interaction.