City closes its facilities

2020-03-19 06:02

All the City of Cape Town’s communal facilities have been closed as a result of the current Covid-19 virus.

Yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, mayor Dan Plato said they have noted the key restraint and easing measures that are being applied across the world and in South Africa in an effort to decrease the spread of the virus.

He said the City has decided to close its facilities such as swimming pools, camping sites, museums, art centres community halls or civic centres, recreational hubs, stadia, spray parks, resorts, braai and picnic spots, city sports fields and nature reserves.

He said visits by City’s mobile office have been suspended until further notice.

Plato said library operating hours and mobile services will be reduced incrementally and they will only provide basic services such as taking out and returning reading material.

He said cemeteries will remain open although residents are advised upon making bookings to be mindful of the number of people at the graveside during the burial and to stick to their allocated times.

“The City realises that, due to the closure of sporting facilities, there will be an impact on community sporting culture and especially on the municipal facility management committees who work with the City on the management and maintenance of the facilities,” he said

Plato said all public meetings and non-critical meetings, gatherings and site visits will also be postponed indefinitely unless an emergency meeting is called which they will communicate on.

He said offices that provide City services like cash offices, driving licence testing centres and housing and planning offices will remain open for now.

Plato added that the City encourages account holders to make use of the City’s online service offerings where possible.

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