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City heartened by COVID-19 compliance levels<p>The City of Cape Town calls on residents and businesses to continue staying the course in helping to beat the second wave of COVID-19 infections currently being experienced.</p><p>There are just over 25 000 active cases in the metropole, with the overall caseload since the start of the pandemic nearing 155 000.</p><p>While early indications are we are reaching the peak of the second COVID-19 surge, we know that the high caseload and hospital admissions are likely to plateau and persist for a further six weeks.</p><p>‘We need to keep doing what we can, as individuals, for the greater good. The City has noticed a marked upswing in adherence to the wearing of masks in public, and we commend the public for obeying the law in this regard. Our Environmental Health practitioners continue to conduct daily inspections at a host of establishments and report that those in compliance with regulations far outnumber those who are not. But it remains a concern that some businesses continue to flout the regulations, either deliberately or because they don’t understand what is expected of them. If you need help to ensure that you are on the right side of the regulations,  reach out to your nearest Environmental Health office for guidance and advice, or visit the City or Western Cape government websites. There is a lot of useful information in the public realm for both households and businesses around the management of COVID-19,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health</p><p>Between 21 December 2020 and 11 January 2021, the City’s Environmental Health Practitioners have concluded the following inspections: </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>RESTAURANTS AND SUPERMARKETS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1167</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of premises Inspected </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of Premises compliant </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">149</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of Premises non- compliant </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">13%</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Premises non-compliant %</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of premises issued with closure notices</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>FUNERAL GATHERINGS</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">122</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of premises Inspected </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">117</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of Premises compliant </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">5</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Number of Premises non-compliant </td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">4%</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Premises non-compliant %</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>FATALITY MANAGEMENT</strong></p><p>In the last week, City cemeteries have facilitated 700 burials of which 139 were confirmed COVID-19 burials.</p><p>Not all COVID-19 fatalities occurring in the metropole are buried at City cemeteries. Some decedents are cremated, either at the City’s crematorium, or at private facilities; others are buried in private graveyards and then there are persons whose remains are transported elsewhere in the country for burial.</p><p>Of the 700 burials in the City’s cemeteries last week, 188 occurred at Maitland cemetery, 131 at Welmoed and 133 at Klip Road cemetery in Grassy Park. There were 198 cremations recorded in the last week at Maitland Crematorium, which is one of three crematoria that provide this service to Cape Town based undertakers. </p><p>‘We remain in a position where our cemeteries can handle the increase in burials. Still, it is important to realise that the cemetery is the final point in the burial process. The City continues working closely with undertakers and other role-players in this environment to see what assistance we can provide to ease the pressure on them. Our appeal to persons arranging funerals is to please consider weekday burials to avoid congestion at cemeteries on the weekends and assist undertakers. Our staff also indicate that non-adherence to regulations is an ongoing concern. Some funeral parties far exceed the limit of 50 attendees, and there is no regard for social distancing. Funerals have been identified as super spreader events, so it remains vital that funeral-goers adhere to the regulations to limit the risk of infection,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-01-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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