eThekwini to open public facilities for exercise
EThekwini Municipality has announced it will open public facilities and will allow people to use these public spaces for health purposes only.
The Municipality’s Parks Recreation and Culture declared that as from the 27th of July, people will be granted access to public spaces only for healthy lifestyle exercises. These exercises are namely; walking, cycling, yoga, running, etc.
The spaces that will be open to the public who wish to exercise are Parks, Sports Grounds, Nature Reserves and Botanical Gardens. The Municipality strictly forbids any other form of social gathering.
Deputy Head Sibusiso Mkhwanazi said they are aware COVID-19 cases are increasing, however, they will ensure the implementation of necessary measures to combat the spread of the virus- as people occupy these spaces.
“The lives of our residents are a priority to us, therefore access to these places will be limited to avoid overcrowding and the maximum number of people allowed in a group is 10. This is to ensure that whilst residents are enjoying themselves, they are also vigilant at the same time,” he said.
Mkhwanazi further stated that a single entrance will be used to enter the Nature Reserves and Botanical gardens. COVID-19 screening procedures and temperature checks will be mandatory for all residents before entering the premises.
Sphiwokuhle Shangase, a resident in Durban CBD showed great excitement hearing this. “I’m thrilled to know I will be able to access the botanical garden again- it’s the only place which allows me to distress whenever I’m having a bad day,” she said.
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