After President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following businesses announced temporary closures or changes to their operations.

SEE: How Cape Town’s top attractions are operating during the COVID-19 pandemic

Museums

Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum temporarily suspend tours for a period of two days (17 & 18 March 2020).

Visitors may email to reschedule or get a full refund as per Robben Island Museum’s terms & conditions:
reschedule@robben-Island.org.za
refunds@robben-Island.org.za

Rescheduling or cancellation fees will not be applied.

Zeitz MOCAA

The Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront will be temporarily closed from 17 March until 6 April 2020. General admission tickets already booked for this period will either be fully refunded or accepted for entry when the museum re-opens.

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Norval Foundation

The Norval Foundation (including The Skotnes Restaurant) will be closed from March 17th – April 12th, 2020 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Following the declaration of a National State of Disaster by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and in accordance with the stipulations that he outlined—as well as out of concern for our staff, patrons, members and visitors—we have taken the decision to temporarily close Norval Foundation (including The Skotnes Restaurant) to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. . . Therefore, Norval Foundation will be closed from March 17th – April 12th, 2020. . . We believe that each one of us has a responsibility to protect one another, as this is a medical health crisis that affects us all. The governmental declaration has been made with the express purpose of keeping everyone safe, and we support that completely. . . Please put everyone’s wellbeing first and don’t take unnecessary risks, considering the vulnerable in our society and acting with compassion. . . We hope that you will follow us on social media and visit our website for the latest updates as we assess the situation on an ongoing basis. You can also take our free virtual tour! . . Gallery operations will continue remotely during this time to the best of our ability, so do contact us through info@norvalfoundation.org for any questions or queries. . . Please do look after yourselves and one another. . . Elana Brundyn, Chief Executive Owen Martin, Chief Curator and Norval Foundation’s Team #norvalfoundation #coronavirus #elanabrundyn

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Iziko Museums of South Africa

Iziko Museums has closed from 18 March 2020 for 21 days.

 

Markets

Old Biscuit Mill

The Neighbourgood Market organisers have announced that they will be closing the market with immediate effect.

Though the weekly market will be closed for the time being, the Old Biscuit Mill itself and the permanent tenants who operate within the centre will remain open and trading as normal throughout the week, from Mondays through Saturdays.

 

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𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗹𝗱 𝗕𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗶𝘁 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹 In these unprecedented times, tough decisions need to be made. And so, in response to the coronavirus outbreak and in light of the president’s national address, the Neighbourgood Market organisers have announced that they will be closing the market with immediate effect. This decision was reached to safeguard the health and personal safety of not only marketgoers, but the many staff, vendors and traders who make up the Neighbourgoods community. Though the weekly market will be closed for the time being, the Old Biscuit Mill itself and the permanent tenants who operate within the centre will remain open and trading as normal throughout the week, from Mondays through Saturdays. Increased safety and hygiene measures have been implemented throughout the centre and all stores that remain open are doing their part to further safeguard their staff members and customers.

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Oranjezicht City Farm

The Oranjezicht City Farm will be closed to the public, effective 17 March 2020 until further notice. This is in addition to the market being closed.

 

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Due to the nature of the spread of the novel coronavirus and in context of the national strategies for responding to the COVID19 pandemic, the Oranjezicht City Farm will be closed to the public, effective 17 March 2020. This closure of the Farm will last until further notice. This is in addition to the Market being closed. Please see further details in the comments below. We are grateful for the support of the community during these difficult times and are committed to being a responsible and helpful community member ourselves. We encourage all to be kind, patient and understanding, and to take some time to re-connect with nature. The season of this pandemic will, in time, pass, and may we each commit to come through it a better person than when it all began. With thanks from the soles of our muddy boots to the tips of our green thumbs, The OZCF Team

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Mojo Market

Mojo Market announced the close of business on Monday 16 March 2020. Having shared ablution facilities for patrons and staff coupled with the inability to affect social distancing, it is a potential breeding ground for this virus, the Market announced via social media. They will welcome patrons back as soon as it is socially responsible to do so.

 

 

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MOJO’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Faced with this grave situation, with full knowledge of the dire scenario, which may play out, it is our social responsibility to close @TheMojoMarket from the close of business tonight, Monday 16 March 2020. . . . #MojoMarket, having, shared ablution facilities for patrons and staff coupled with the inability to affect social distancing, is a potential breeding ground for this virus. . . . As wisely instructed by our President we cannot allow gatherings to take place of over 100 people. In fact, even under 100 people in the Mojo context, gatherings would be irresponsible. . . . Please understand that we make this decision as a response to a very grave situation. . . . We encourage other establishments to follow this example so as to protect the community especially our senior citizens and the most vulnerable. . . . We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is socially responsible to do so! . . . Yours faithfully, THE MOJO MARKET TEAM

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Malls

V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is fully operational for the time being but have the following measures in place.

  • They are providing additional hand sanitisers in high visitor movement areas and an increased cleaning regime to disinfect surfaces and table tops in public.
  • They have restored availability of water and soap dispensers in the taps in restrooms that had been reduced due to water restrictions because of the drought.
  • There are two ER24 clinics on site. The clinics are currently implementing contingency plans for clinic operations across the property, i.e. infection control kits, training of staff and transportation of infected individuals.
  • They’ve rolled out public communication to support the public health and hygiene messaging within their facilities.

Check their website for daily updates.

Canal Walk

Canal Walk is open and proactively addressing the challenges of the Coronavirus with the health and safety of everyone at the mall as our top priority.

Revised trading hours until further notice: Monday – Sunday | 9am – 6pm

Select stores will be trading after 6pm.

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Cavendish Square

Cavendish Square says “we are taking COVID-19 very seriously. To this end, we are implementing additional safety and hygienic measures within the mall.”

Theatres

Baxter Theatre

The Baxter Theatre Centre has made the decision to cancel all performances at the theatre, with immediate effect, until the end of April 2020. There has been a call on social media platforms that patrons who have booked tickets for a show at any theatre or event to please donate the tickets rather than requesting for a refund as this is precisely what can kill the arts.

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The Fugard Theatre

The Fugard Theatre has suspended operations with immediate effect as of Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice. Sometimes the show can’t go on: If you have tickets to a live performance or screening which has been cancelled due to COVID-19, please consider donating your ticket rather than requesting a refund.

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Artscape Theatre

Various productions and events which were scheduled to take place at Artscape from 16 March – 31 May 2020 will be cancelled or postponed.

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Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre will limit ticket sales for each screening to 50% of capacity thus allowing each patron an empty seat next to them should they so wish. In addition, hand sanitisers have been installed and necessary hygiene precautions have been implemented.

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Camps Bay Theatre On the Bay

Theatre On the Bay will be suspending all performances from Wednesday 18 March, 2020 until further notice.

Kalk Bay Theatre

Kalk Bay Theatre has closed their doors due to the coronavirus. The theatre will be in contact with all those who have booked tickets.

Masque Theatre

ll performances of Akhnaton at the Masque Theatre, which opened this past Friday to great reviews, have been rescheduled to a future date. The theatre will be in touch with patrons about refunds and the rescheduling of shows.

Cape Town Comedy Club

Due to the impact of the Corona virus, as well as the limitations placed by the President on gatherings of maximum 100 people to support social distancing, Cape Town comedy Club will be closing its doors to the public until further notice.

Gate 69

Gate 69 has announced that it will close its doors with immediate effect until further notice.

Tours

Newlands Brewery Beer Experience Tours

Newlands Brewery has made the decision to suspend our #BeerExperience tours with immediate effect. No new #BeerExperiences tour booking will be taken until further notice.

Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association has advised tourists not to enter the area, in light of the coronavirus. In a statement, the organisation says due to the influx of tourists at present, residents are more prone to get into contact with travellers from high-risk countries.

 

Restaurants, bars, and hotels

The Kove Collection

Following government regulations and in the interest of keeping our guests and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, all Kove Collection hotels, restaurants and bars will be closed until further notice.

Website: www.kovecollection.co.za

Westin and AC Hotels

The Westin and AC Hotel, as from midnight 26 March 2020 will be on complete lockdown, with no further services rendered.

City Lodge Hotel Group

City Lodge Hotel Group, for the safety and reassurance of staff and guests, has put the following measures in place:

Educating staff. Hand sanitisers for staff, security officers, and guests. Personal hygiene is being reiterated. Regular routine cleaning of public areas. In addition to regular routine cleaning, they have implemented the wiping down of all surfaces with a chemical disinfectant called Surface Defense Standard Treatment, which has a lifespan of 90 days once it has been applied. Protective wear such as protective gloves (and face masks as required) are issued to housekeeping and public area Guest Service Attendants. Avoiding close contact with anyone who is coughing, sneezing and feverish. The NICD Hotline is available to all staff and guests.

Breakfast serving standards have reviewed to replace the usual buffet with a la carte breakfast options presented to guests to avoid any instances of buffet contamination during this high alert period.

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Cape Point Vineyards

For your safety and the safety of their staff Cape Point Vineyards have decided to close for the moment. They will be back to host you again in safer, healthier times.

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