Roughly 20% of the world’s population is currently under stringent lockdown with South Africa joining the masses this evening by 00:00.
People have stocked up on supplies, retailers are limiting how much essentials can be purchased per person, some have initiated special shopping hours for the elderly and are even offering home-delivered groceries too. However, there is one thing you won’t be able to get – ready-made food delivered to your door.
Even though prepared food deliveries may be a lower-risk and more hygienic according to some reports, South Africa has decided to ban all takeout deliveries from Uber Eats, Mr D Food, OrderIn and more.
South Africa is one of the only countries in the world to suspend food deliveries during the lockdown along with New Zealand. This was confirmed by minister of police Bheki Cele at a briefing on Wednesday evening where he said that South Africans will only be allowed to buy groceries and prepare food at home.
This decision has been made even though deliveries are essential for the elderly and vulnerable. It is a higher risk for vulnerable people to go shopping for food in a grocery store as person-to-person contact is still the leading cause of transmission, and the coronavirus is three times more contagious as flu.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, there is currently no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted via food, The main risk of transmission is from close contact with infected people.
A long list of countries have allowed the delivery of essentials and food to their citizens and it’s something China insisted on doing from the start of their outbreak to ensure people never left their homes. Other countries currently allowing food deliveries include the USA, Canada, Brazil, India, UK, China, France and Germany.