GEORGE NEWS - George Municipality confirms today that all beaches and public amenities in the George area will be closed to the public as of today, Sunday 22 March 2020.
This is in line with national directives and guidelines as released by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) which compels municipalities to close all beaches, braai areas, public swimming pools and other public amenities.
“This is in addition to libraries, museums and sporting facilities that have been closed already in efforts to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure that the transmission of novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is contained”, said George Protection Services Director, Steven Erasmus.
This includes Gwaing and Herold's Bay caravan and campsites as well as public facilities (i.e toilets) at all beaches under the jurisdiction of George Municipality - Salina's, Leentjiesklip, Gwaing Caravan Park, Gwaing Beach, Victoria Bay, Herolds Bay Caravan Park and Beach and Skulpiesklip.
The following must be adhered to:
1. Apply the principle of Social Distancing, i.e no more than 100 people in close proximity in outdoor and/or indoor events such as funerals, church services.
2. No more than 50 people on a premises where alcohol is consumed on and off-site.
3. All regulations published in the Government Gazette 43107 dated 18 March 2020.
4. Organisers of events and gatherings that involve more than 100 people are notified that such events and gatherings, must be postponed or cancelled, notwithstanding that the organisers of such events might already have been granted the required permits to host such events. In addition, identified events and gatherings that involve 100 people or less should not automatically continue on the basis that they do not meet the more-than-100-person threshold. The risk of transmission is present where there are gatherings of people, regardless of the number. As such, municipalities are encouraged to consider suspension or cancellation of non-essential meetings and gatherings.
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