Despite rumours, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says no formal decision has been taken around the possible closure of the South African province’s fabulous and famous beaches over the festive season.
“At this stage there is no decision the provincial government has taken or contemplating to take with regards to the closure of beaches. This may only change based on the assessment of the situation on the ground and based on advice by medical experts,” Zikalala said.
The Provincial Command Council, chaired by the Premier, is tasked with preventing a second wave of COVID-19 infections from hitting KZN. There have already been reports of certain Durban hospitals’ intensive-care-units being full.
Zikalala says the province has activated a resurgence implementation strategy and plan, and is focussed on curbing the spread of COVID-19 infections, while at the same time working hard to revive the economy following the devastation caused by the pandemic.
“The province is therefore looking at what best can be done to save lives while also protecting livelihoods. The matters in the public domain are currently part of the debates and proposals by various stakeholders and will be discussed once they are formally tabled,” Zikalala said.
The Premier reiterated his call to all people of KwaZulu-Natal to do their best and play their part to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Behaviour change and adherence to COVID-19 protocols remains our potent weapons. Let us wear a mask at all times, avoid gathering and keep social distance. It is important to sanitise regularly [and] all of us must also comply with level 1 disaster regulations,” the Premier said.
KZN Festive Season launch
On Friday Zikalala will unveil the KZN Integrated Festive Season Safety and COVID-19 prevention plans, which will include measure to be taken to ensure the safety of holidaymakers and prevent a spike in infections. – SAnews.gov.za