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Essential, non-essential? Essentially it’s open to (mis)interpretation

The knives are out over essential services lockdown regulations, a drama which could have been avoided

Consumer journalist

So the government’s promised “risk-adjusted” lockdown relaxation measures include allowing emergency repairs at homes and the sale of the necessary parts, as well as the sale of parts needed for emergency repairs to the cars of those doing essential services.

But it’s still a no to booze and ciggie sales, and don’t even think about selling prepared, ready-to-eat meals — and that includes delivered ones, fresh or frozen.

That clearly came as a bit of a shock to many on Thursday — both buyers and sellers. What? No supermarket roast chickens? No hot pies?..

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