By Sunday nobody in the Overberg had tested positive for Covid-19. Several restrictions have, however, been imposed by national and local government.
Christelle Vosloo, Executive Mayor of Theewaterskloof, issued a statement on Friday stating it is the municipality’s aim to keep the number at zero. Vosloo said a statement will soon be released to discuss the methods to prevent Corona infections in informal areas.
The Mayor stated one of the best containment and preventative measures is to reduce face-to-face contact as much as possible. “The public is requested to focus on technology communications with municipal officials and others,” she said. “Problems may be addressed per email and phone conversation, and contact meetings should be avoided as far as possible.”
Theewaterskloof Municipality fully supports social distancing and improved hygiene practices.
Facilities closed with immediate effect are: . Community halls. Municipal sport fields. Municipal recreational hubs
Vosloo said the testing of vehicles for roadworthiness will continue.
Driving and learner licence testing and eye testing services are suspended until further notice.
Library opening hours are reduced from 10:00 to 15:00, and patrons are encouraged to renew books telephonically and ask library staff to set out reading material for collection (to avoid lengthy lingering at the libraries).
All library material on loan will be automatically extended until the end of April. The use of computers will be limited to urgent emails only (no access to social media and YouTube).
Until further notice, no public marker areas may be used for the hosting of markets. Cemeteries will remain open, although residents are advised on making bookings to be mindful of the number of persons at the graveside during burial, and to stick to their allotted times. In accordance with the announcement made by the National Minister of Social Development, all early childhood development centres must close, in line with schools. In accordance with the instructions given by President Ramaphosa the municipality will not allow or approve any requests for events.
Vosloo added that events that have been approved but must still occur will not be allowed to continue.
The Mayor said all premises selling liquor, including taverns, restaurants and clubs must be closed with immediate effect, or must accommodate no more than 50 people at any time. Provided adequate space is available and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to persons with Covid-19, are adhered to.
All on-consumption premises selling liquor which also provide accommodation must implement measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. For these, adequate space must be available, and all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and limitation of exposure to people with Covid-19 are adhered to.
No events or special liquor licences may be considered for approval during the national state of disaster. The Mayor also stated all on-consumption premises selling liquor referred to in sub regulation (1) must be closed between 18:00 and 09:00 on weekdays and Saturdays from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays.
All off-consumption premises selling liquor must be closed between 18:00 and 09:00 on weekdays and Saturdays; and from 13:00 on Sundays and public holidays.” Vosloo said facilities may remain open, but may not sell or dispense alcohol outside the prescribed times.
She said all public and non-critical meetings, gatherings and site visits will also be postponed indefinitely.
Municipal cash offices and customer offices will remain open for now.
Vosloo said accounts still need to be paid and if there are account enquiries, customers can call 028 214 3300 for more information.
In all services delivery units of the municipality the customers must remain at least 1 metre apart from each other and from municipal employees.
Vosloo stated the measures announced may prove to be inconvenient for some residents. “But we are in this situation together and in the interests of containing this highly contagious virus, and for the protection of all our residents, we trust our residents will understand the need for this. Vosloo said in closing, “together we will overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, respect social distancing and hygienic practices.”
• The Western Cape Provincial Government Hotline for the fight against the Corona-virus is 021 928 4102.
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