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Mayor Dan Plato welcomes the easing of regulations under adjusted level 3 lockdown

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

1 FEBRUARY 2021

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Mayor Dan Plato welcomes the easing of regulations under adjusted level 3 lockdown

Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato says he is pleased that both the health and livelihoods of residents are being prioritised with the reopening of beaches and the resumption of alcohol sales, both of which will benefit the local tourism and hospitality industry. The sector has been under great strain due to the bans. Read more below:

‘We welcome the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol as this will greatly assist those in the local tourism and hospitality sector after one of the most challenging festive seasons this sector has ever experienced. Thousands who rely on the  tourism and hospitality sector, including those working in restaurants, at wine farms and other spaces, can now resume work.  The easing of these regulations and the jobs that can now be resumed will help struggling families to put food on the table.  Similarly, the reopening of beaches will enable residents to make safe use of these spaces for recreation and mental well-being.  We are pleased that our residents can get back to work as efforts are refocused on rebuilding the struggling hospitality sector. We urge all residents to please adhere to the new regulations, to remain vigilant in order to continue limiting the spread of the virus as the national vaccination campaign is rolled out, ’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

The City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government last week wrote to national government requesting the lifting of the alcohol ban and the reopening of the beaches as new infections continued to steadily decline.

The amended national regulations include:

  • Curfew relaxed to between from 23:00 to 04:00
  • Sale of alcohol and off-site consumption is allowed
  • All other businesses can continue to operate but must close at 22:00
  • All beaches and public swimming pools reopen as of tomorrow, 2 February 2020 including those in enclosed resorts.
  • Wearing a mask in public spaces remains compulsory and is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine or up to six-month imprisonment, if found guilty.
  • Outdoor gatherings are capped at 100, indoor gatherings at 50. Religious gatherings and funerals are limited to 50 people.

 

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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Greg Wagner, Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor, Tel: 021 400 9459, Cell: 072 623 4499, Email: Greg.wagner@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

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