KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says there are no plans to close the province’s beaches yet.
Zikalala was launching operation Vala to ensure safety of citizens and holidaymakers during the festive season.
He says in order to curb the growing number of COVID-19 infections, there will be no major events around the province this festive.
“There will be no big events or major events hosted in the province we are appealing to our people to host themselves as families and as relatives in their own space in their own home those who would be visiting our cities we would want them to enjoy themselves along the coast but without being crowded.”
Zikalala also revealed that they are currently consulting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) regarding beaches in various coastal cities in the province.
“The panic of in the hospitality sector we want to be clear we are not going to close people getting into hotels we might not close beaches for people who will be walking around and doing things but we are considering whether it will be good to allow people to go and swim and in that way we are also discussing whether we shouldn’t impose more stricter measures during the holidays like your 16th, your 26th, 25th, your 31st and the 1st, those are issues that are considered internally and that why we don’t want to pronounce now up until we finalise consultation with the National Command Council and the President.”
Zikalala says law enforcement agencies will be out in full force.
“It is also aimed to deal with road carnage. We want to see the accidents that are taking place being reduced in all roads in KwaZulu-Natal, people who drink and drive need to be dealt with people who drive without permits, without licences will be dealt with people who drive speaking on cell phones will be dealt with we will be in all areas of KwaZulu-Natal.”
Law enforcement agencies are gearing up for a busy week ahead – especially with the December 16th public holiday approaching – where locals and holidaymakers usually flock to Durban beaches in their numbers.
Provincial government spokesperson Lennox Mabaso says they are continuously engaging with municipalities and medical experts to curb a resurgence of the pandemic.
Overnight the province reported 1 669 new cases.