STATEMENT BY RAY NKONYENI MUNICIPALITY ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON:
The RNM Joint Operation Centre meant to ensure compliance with the Regulations directed at combating the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resolved to totally prohibit access to all RNM Beaches.
The RNM COVID-19 JOC has decided to close all Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Beaches with immediate effect. The decision is in line with the proclamation and regulation meant to discourage or limit public contact and instead practice social distance.
Whilst this should be understood as a way of ensuring social distancing which is key in preventing spread of COVID-19 however any person failing to adhere to this decision may be prosecuted and if found guilty be liable to imprisonment not exceeding six months or a fine or both the fine and imprisonment. This decision of closure of beaches is effective immediately and it refers to swimming, surfing, recreational fishing, and any other beach or water-based activity.
It is our strong conviction that keeping social distance and continuously implementing the following precautions, the spread of the COVID-19 can be contained:
- WASH YOUR HANDS (wash your hands with soup thoroughly. If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
- PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE (cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Avoid touching your face with dirty or unwashed hands at all times and avoid contact with people who are sick)
- DO NOT SHARE FOOD AND UTENSILS (only use clean utensils and do not share drinks. Always clean your hands before eating)
- SEE A DOCTOR IF YOU ARE UNWELL (if you have typical symptoms like coughing, runny nose, fever and shortness of breath seek medical attention promptly. Call the clinic or doctor ahead of your visit and inform them of your symptoms and travel history)
As a further warning, we would like to advice against believing unproven myths about Coronavirus (COVID-19), believing and spreading rumours that have not been issued by designated person/s to issue official statements.
For more information on COVID-19 you can use the Tollfree number 0800 029 999 or go to www.nicd.ac.za and you can also stay informed on #COVID19 by joining the WhatsApp support for South Africans by saying “Hi” to 0600 123 456 or go to www.sacoronavirus.co.za
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
+27 72 057 5387