City facilities shut down amid Covid-19 concerns

Scores of City facilities closed down from Wednesday March 18, to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Swimming pools, camping sites, museums, art centres, community halls and civics centres, recreational hubs, stadiums, spray parks, resorts, braai and picnic spots, sports fields and nature reserves will all close, according to a statement by mayor Dan Plato on Tuesday.

Furthermore, visits by the City’s mobile office have been suspended until further notice.

Library operating hours (including mobile services) will be reduced incrementally and these facilities will provide only basic services, namely, taking out and returning reading material.

The number of persons allowed into the library will be controlled.

Cemeteries will remain open, but those making bookings will be advised to be mindful of the number of persons at the graveside during burial and they will be asked to stick to their allotted times.

“The recreation and parks department is working to keep grave sites as far apart as possible to limit contact between mourners during burials,” the statement said.

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

All events at the City’s nature reserves have been cancelled.

The mayor’s statement said staff were working on refunding those who were affected.

The City is encouraging the public to use its online services for things like car licences and account payments instead of visiting customers centres for over the counter transactions.