As part of its COVID-19 mitigation measures, the City of Cape Town has decided to temporarily close the Green Point Park as well as the Company’s Garden in the Central Business District.
Both are popular facilities, with the Green Point Park attracting more than one million visitors per year from across the city and tourists.
After much deliberation, taking into account the high volumes of visitors to these facilities, the City has decided to temporarily close them in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
"Our Property Management Department has been in contact with the lessees of the tea gardens at both facilities to make arrangements that will soften the impact of the loss of business as a result.
We will continuously assess the situation and will inform the public accordingly.
We know that this will prove inconvenient for some of our residents. But in the interest of containing this highly contagious virus and for the protection of all our residents, we trust our residents will understand the need for these measures."
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City closes beaches to advance social distancing
While we appealed to the public to limit visits to the beaches last week, we have seen an increase in beach goers as a result of other public facilities being closed.
As has now been done in other coastal municipalities across South Africa, we will be closing beaches as from tomorrow morning, 24 March 2020, to limit public contact and to assist our residents with respecting the National Government’s call to practice social distancing.
Until further notice, beaches along Cape Town’s coastline will be closed for all activities be it on the beach itself or in the water. Thus, as from tomorrow the following are prohibited:
- swimming, surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, recreational fishing, and any other beach or water-based activity
We are in the midst of an unprecedented period that calls for greater awareness and interventions.
The City would also like to indicate to residents that many public open spaces like community parks and beaches cannot be closed. Lifeguards will remain on duty at designated beaches to respond in the case of any water-related emergencies.
"Furthermore, we appeal to the public to limit their use of these facilities as far as possible, bearing in mind the advice that has been dispensed around mitigation measures for the spread of COVID-19.
Should people insist on visiting a park or the beach, we ask that they keep their distance from others and practice the good hygiene habits that have been circulated around handwashing and coughing/sneezing etiquette."
COVID-19 - Useful INFO lines
Numerous resources have been made available to the public regarding COVID-19. These include:
• The NICD Hotline on 0800 029 999 operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Or VISIT
• The Western Cape Provincial Government Hotline on 021 928 4102
• Western Cape Dept of Health VISIT
• WhatsApp: 0600 123 456
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