Lockdown: Beach ban batters coastal towns' economies as hotels, resorts lose big

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Eastern Cape beaches were empty of holiday makers on Wednesday.
Eastern Cape beaches were empty of holiday makers on Wednesday.
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The moment President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the closure of beaches during the busy festive period to contain Covid-19 spread, beach resorts and guest houses in coastal towns of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape began losing millions as holidaymakers started cancelling their bookings.

Tourism associations in the Eastern Cape have told News24 how some leading hotel groups had resolved to close their establishments until the ban on beaches is lifted.

In the 36 hours after the announcement of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown, small accommodation providers lost 2 624 bookings, according to NightsBridge, which provides B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels through online booking services.

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