As the Executive Mayor of Garden Route District Municipality, I welcome the lockdown and various measures introduced by the South African President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.
These are unprecedented times and we all have a responsibility to work together and do everything we can to slow this virus down with a 21-day lockdown, from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. This lockdown is in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Our Multi Agency Command Centre meets daily to ensure that we are ready to implement whatever is required in order to protect our residents from the virus and assist them to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
I want to call on all Garden Routers to please remain calm as the president has made it clear that food stores and medical services will remain open during the lockdown. There is much work to be done in the coming days but the agricultural and retail sectors have already assured the public that there is sufficient food supply. When going to buy food, please do not take the whole family with you, rather go as an individual for the family and take the necessary precautions as far as possible.
Law enforcement and emergency services staff will continue working and ensuring the safety of our communities.
Please stay home, look after one another, and check official government channels for regular updates. We will update our Facebook page daily, and will continue to communicate with the public. Let’s work together to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, and flatten the curve.
My heartfelt thanks goes to our essential services workers and those on the frontline who will risk their lives to save others. We will forever be in their debt. It’s now time for everyone to follow the advice and take every measure to contain this disease. Lives depend upon it.
Cllr Memory Booysen,
Executive Mayor of Garden Route District Municipality
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