On the 1st Feb 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the following amendments to the lockdown level 3 restrictions that were implemented due to a rise in infections over the 2020 festive season.

READ: COVID-19: Lockdown Alert Level 3 explained

A summary of the amendments now in force is below:

  1. Beaches, public parks, dams and other public swimming areas are open
  2. The hours of curfew are from 23h00 – 04h00. Businesses such as restaurants will need to close at 22h00 to allow for staff to get home.
  3. Alcohol sales are permitted. Off-site alcohol sales are allowed from Monday and Thursday between 10h00 and 18h00. On-site sales are permitted throughout the week between 10h00 and 22h00.
  4. Faith-based gatherings are permitted. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed to gather indoors, and 100 people will be allowed to gather outdoors.

These businesses have adjusted their operations to comply with Level 3 restrictions.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Table Mountain Cableway’s safety regulations are still in place and can be can be viewed here.

Website: www.tablemountain.net

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

South African National Biodiversity Institute’s have revised protocols for the operation of National Botanical Gardens under Adjusted Alert Level 3 of lockdown.

Activities permitted during adjusted level 3 are as follows:

• Gardens open to the public from 09:00 to 18:00.
• Walks, hikes, exercise (no organised exercise allowed).
• Restaurants and shops open for sit down meals (according to guidelines issued by the relevant Cabinet member) during garden opening times (09:00 to 18:00).
• Restaurants: subject to a maximum of 50 persons or less for indoor venues and 100 persons or less for outdoor venues and if the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject further to strict adherence to the times of operation provided for in regulation 33(3), health protocols and social distancing measures.
• Conferencing, dining and entertainment facilities are subject to a limitation of a maximum of 50 persons or less for indoor venues and 100 persons or less for outdoor venues and if the venue is too small to hold 50 persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used.
• Daily access will be monitored, and limited if necessary, according to the carrying capacity and available space that promotes social distancing in each botanical garden.
• Wearing of a face mask is mandatory.

Prohibited activities/access areas:

• On-site consumption and/or sale of liquor
• Concerts
• Social gatherings
• Events
• Trail runs/Lunar runs suspended until further notice

Robben Island Museum

Following the address by President Ramaphosa, Robben Island Museum took a decision to suspend tours on 29 December 2020 in order to afford government to unpack Level 3 regulations for museums and cultural sites.

Based on the revised Government Gazette regulations, RIM’s revised tour operations will be as follows:
– RIM will offer tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 09:00 and 13:00.
– Maximum capacity aboard ferries will remain at 70%, buses will operate at 50% capacity and tour numbers will remain at 25 people per tour guide upon arrival on the Island.
– The festive season month-long special will continue to be applicable for midweek bookings.
– Rescheduling will be at no cost.
– Tours of the island last three-and-a-half hours. Each leg of the ferry trip takes between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the vessel used and the sea conditions.
– If a tour is cancelled due to weather conditions or for other reasons, visitors can re-book for the next available tour or receive a full refund.
– All tours are subject to availability, demand and are weather dependent.

Online tickets can be purchased via Webtickets.

Website: www.robben-island.org.za

Cape Point

Cape Point operating hours remain unchanged. Open at 07:00, last entry at 17:00 and all to exit by 18:00.All beaches are closed: no surfing, no walking on the beach. This affects the Shipwreck trail and will be closed too. Picnic sites are closed: Buffels closed and Bordjiesrif closed. No alcohol will be allowed anywhere in the park.The Flying Dutchman funicular will be operational daily 09:00 – 17:00. Two Oceans Restaurant and Tiger’s Eye store (gift store) will only operate from daily 09:00 – 16:00, while the takeaway food shop will trade from 09:00 – 16:30 daily.

City Sightseeing Cape Town

All Red Bus tours are open.

However, the following tours are affected:

1. Franschhoek & Stellenbosch wine region Explorer Tour – Closed – 15th Jan 2021;
2. Sunset bus tour – Closed – 15th Jan 2021 3. Cape Wine Bus – Closed – 15th Jan 2021.

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium has adjusted its opening hours in line with the announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the subsequent revised regulations according to the Disaster Management Act.

From 29 December 2020, “Extended Hours” will no longer be in place and the Aquarium will be open from  09:00 – 18:00, daily.

All Covid protocols and regulations remain in place.

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

SANParks

South African National Parks  announced that its national parks will remain open as per the strict amended level three regulations laid out by the President.

SANParks Acting CEO Xola Mkefe said in line with the amended regulations all day and overnight guests are still welcomed… “and everyone is encouraged to abide by the regulations when entering any of our national parks.”

Read more: facebook.com

Mirage Catamaran

The Traditional Sunset cruise with cocktail is now the Twilight Cruise with mocktail to accommodate the level 3 restrictions.  It’s back in harbour by 19:30.

Website: www.miragecatamaran.com

Green Point Urban Park

Green Point Urban Park is open! The number of people entering the park per day is being monitored and is currently in the safe zone regarding capacity. Green Point Park is a secure, natural place to get fresh air and be social. Go on a journey of self-exploration in the Outdoor Labyrinth or take a walking tour to discover the world of fynbos. There is a rich variety of flora indigenous to the Cape, including 25 000 indigenous trees, shrubs, bulbs and groundcovers and 300 different plant species.

Website: www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park

Green Point Urban Park