MEASURES TO ARREST THE SPIKE IN COVID-19 INFECTIONS IN THE KNYSNA MUNICIPAL AREA

Knysna Council resolved to authorise the Executive Mayor and Acting Municipal Manager to implement measures to curb the spread of COVID–19 in the Knysna municipal area on Thursday 3 December.
As a result, the following municipal controlled facilities will be CLOSED from 10 December 2020 until 24 December 2020.
 All public libraries
 All community halls
 All municipal sport facilities except leased facilities
 The municipal swimming pool in Karatara
 All recreational parks & braai areas [Greenhole braai area, Steenbok Park, Wilson Street, Cathy Park, open area opposite the Scouts, Coney Glen braai area, Die Parkie in Hornlee, all Buffalo Bay braai areas, The Island braai area Sedgefield]
 All municipal gymnasiums [George Rex Drive, Hornlee, Masifunde, Rheenendal]
 No sport or leisure events will be allowed
Other measures
 Strict access control to all the municipal offices will be maintained. i.e.
 Payment Hall Main Street Knysna
 Payment Hall Flamingo Street Sedgefield
 Motor vehicle registration, drivers’ and learners’ licences
 Essential services will be placed on a shift system
 Public participation meetings will be suspended
 No marches will be allowed
 Strict adherence to all funeral protocols
“Should a significant drop in the rate of infection not be realized within the next two weeks, the Acting Municipal Manager and I, by means of our delegated authority, resolve to extend this period,” said Executive Mayor Elrick van Aswegen. “If we cannot contain and curb the rise in infections, it may then be necessary to implement even more stringent restrictions.”
An update will be issued on 23 December 2020.
The latest report from the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) for Knysna highlights a substantial spike in Covid-19 cases, necessitating these actions to arrest the significant rise in infections.
“Do you know someone who is very sick with COVID-19?” asked van Aswegen. “Do you know someone who has died from it? This is not something that we only read about or hear about on the radio. It is now touching the lives of everyone. We can – and must - stop it.”
“We must all start to restrict our movements,” van Aswegen continued. “We must realise that the rate of infection in Knysna and the surrounding areas is higher than ever before. There are now more people who are seriously sick – and more people who are dying because of it. We need to only go shopping when necessary. We need to seriously limit our social interactions. In fact, to be safe, we need to act as though we were still on lockdown level 5 and not taking the liberties of level 1 for granted.”
“We ask the public to work with us in curbing the spread,” he concluded. “These measures must not be seen as a punishment or restriction on your holiday fun. They are necessary means to reach an end. Should the public continue to disregard the safety protocols, we will have no choice but to request additional assistance to enforce compliance from Provincial and National Government. Please let us not reach that stage. Please act responsibly. Wash your hands, wear your mask. Stay safe. Move forward.”
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