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City will rigorously enforce amended COVID-19 regulations<p>​</p><span><p>The City of Cape Town notes and supports the latest announcements made by the President in respect of South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.<br> <br>‘A key aspect of the address called for stricter enforcement of existing Alert Level 1 restrictions, particularly over the festive season, to contain the second wave of infections currently being experienced in a number of provinces and local districts, including Cape Town.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:922px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>The Mother City has been given a reprieve by not being declared a hotspot area, and the City will do everything possible to ensure compliance with the restrictions, as well as the amended restrictions that have been announced. While our beaches remain open, it is up to our residents to conduct themselves responsibly as the national government will not hesitate to close our beaches too should they see non-compliance,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.</p><p>The amended regulations include a new curfew between 23:00 and 04:00, further restrictions on the number of persons attending gatherings as well as alcohol sales, amongst others. <br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:952px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘The City will alter its festive season preparedness plan to factor in the amended regulations. However, we also want to appeal to the public to abide by the rules or face the consequences. Our staff will be out and about, in partnership with the South African Police Service, to monitor for compliance and issue fines in respect of the regulations where warranted.</p><p>‘I joined one of the operations in Bellville last night. While several of the venues were making some effort to comply with the regulations, notices were issued to others for not displaying warning signage, not having COVID screening in place and for patrons not wearing masks,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br> <br>A concern is that the limitations on the sale of alcohol will fuel illegal trade. <br> <br>‘We have indicated time and again how pivotal alcohol abuse is in placing an additional strain on our enforcement resources, but also our healthcare system at a time when we can ill afford it. The City therefore calls on the public to blow the whistle on the illegal sale of alcohol. We will invoke our informant reward system for information that leads to arrests and successful prosecutions. Also, where establishments are selling liquor in contravention of the regulations, the City will apply to the Liquor Regulatory Authority to suspend or withdraw the liquor license of the establishments,’ added Alderman Smith.<br> </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​The City also calls on the public to report any visible transgression of the regulations – just yesterday, videos surfaced of events held over the past weekend, where COVID-19 protocols were clearly not being adhered to. <br> <br>Any transgressions can be directed to the City’s recently established compliance hotline on 021 444 3582 or the Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline. <br> <br> <br><strong> </strong><br><strong>End</strong></span>2020-12-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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