Despite an appeal to the public to limit beach visits, the City of Cape Town has noticed an increase in the number of beachgoers as a result of other facilities being closed, said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.


Beaches in Cape Town will therefore close from 24 March 2020 to limit public contact and to assist Cape Town residents with respecting the national government’s call to practice social distancing.

Until further notice, beaches along Cape Town’s coastline will be closed for all activities be it on the beach itself or in the water.

These activites are prohibited

  • swimming,
  • surfing,
  • kite-surfing,
  • kayaking,
  • recreational fishing,
  • and any other beach or water-based activity

The City says they want to ensure that residents and visitors are not placing themselves at increased risk by congregating in large numbers at beaches.

Law enforcement will be doing patrols to ensure this restriction is adhered to.

Lifeguards will remain stationed on the beaches to assist the Law Enforcement Department. There will, however, be no flags to indicate demarcated swimming areas, in line with the new regulation.

The Shark Spotting Programme will also be stopping all shifts and no Shark Spotters will be on duty at any beaches as of 17:00 this evening, Monday 23 March 2020.

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Disaster Risk Management staff will continue with their soap hand-out drive in informal settlements, and do loud-hailing in communities, to draw attention to the serious COVID-19 measures that have been put in place.