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Sol’s pleasure resorts closed to day visitors


’Only people who have made bookings will be allowed access to the resorts.’

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THE SOL Plaatje Municipality’s public pleasure resorts will be closed to day visitors over the festive holidays in line with Covid-19 regulations, while lockdown restrictions will remain on Level 1.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Sunday that all pleasure resorts would be closed to day visitors from December 18 until January 3. “Only people who have made bookings will be allowed access to the resorts.”

He said that measures were taken to prevent large gatherings at the resorts over the festive season.

Matsie added that “lifeguards will be on duty for visitors who are booked in at the resorts”.

He noted that the facilities would be open to the public after the specified dates.

The national Department of Health stated on December 18 that an additional 447 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in the Northern Cape in the past 24 hours.

The Frances Baard District recorded the highest number of new infections in the Province, with 210 cases (47 percent of cases in the Province), followed by the ZF Mgcawu District with 83 cases, John Taolo Gaetsewe with 75, Pixley ka Seme with 62 and Namakwa with 14 cases.

Three cases were unallocated and are being verified.

The Province has recorded a cumulative total of 97,800 positive cases

The department said that there were two new Covid-19-related deaths, one each in the Frances Baard and Namakwa districts, reported in the past 72 hours.

This brings the cumulative total number of deaths to 2,440.

The Province’s average recovery rate is 93 percent, with the number of total active cases standing at 4,667.

The department said further that 82 patients were currently admitted for Covid-19-related complications at health-care facilities across the Northern Cape.

“Most of the admissions were in the Frances Baard District (47), followed by JT Gaetsewe (14), while ZF Mgcawu and Namakwa had eight each and Pixley ka Seme had five admissions.”

It added that a total of 575,537 people had been vaccinated across the Province, while 4,236 health-care workers had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccination booster shot.

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