Coast KZN

01 Oct 2020

Public pools and beaches to open

Nothando Mthembu (Southlands Sun)

After months of closure, due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the heritage and recreational facilities across eThekwini are now open to the public. The head of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Thembinkosi Ngcobo said that all of the necessary safety precautions would be implemented.

“The city will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure safety precautions, such as social distancing and wearing a mask, are adhered to. Mandatory safety protocols have been put in place to minimise possible infections when accessing facilities. Reopening the facilities will be done in a phased approach, under stringent restrictions. Wearing a mask and a temperature check is compulsory,” he said.

Of the City’s 52 swimming pools, 22 have been opened to the public as they have met all of the Covid-19 requirements. The remainder of the pools are undergoing repairs and maintenance. Lifeguards servicing both pools and beaches are undergoing fitness training in preparation for their duties.

Beaches are opened for walking, jogging and surfing. Swimming will only be allowed from October 1. The city said shark safety nets were being installed by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board.