South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that Silvermine Gate 1 situated within the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will reopen on Tuesday, September 23 while Boulders, Oudekraal and Newlands picnic sites will only reopen on the National Heritage Day, September 24.

Rangers will be positioned at entry points to check that visitors are compliant with COVID-19 regulations stipulated by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The following protocols have been put in place:

Silvermine
– Gate entry times will be 7am – 6pm with exit time at 7pm daily.
– No mask, no entry.
– Limitations of visitor numbers may be imposed at the Picnic site at sergeant ranger’s discretion.
– Free standing braai Gas stoves are not permitted at the picnic site and we encourage guests to make use of the existing braai facilities.
– Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
– No alcohol and no Gazebos permitted on site.

Boulders
– Entry times at Boulders will be 8am – 4pm.
– The curio shop will be open for these times as well.
– Visitors will be screened upon entry. No mask- no entry.
– Limitations for the boardwalks are 45 people at any given time with a maximum of 45 people on the beach.
– Visitors are requested to respect penguins and to remain in the boardwalk at all times.
– Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.

Newlands and Oudekraal Picnic Sites
– These two picnic sites will open for the National Heritage Day only and will reopen again on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
– Entry times at Newlands and Oudekraal will be 8am – 4pm.
– Visitors will be screened upon entry. No mask, no entry.
– Newlands will take a maximum of 350 people while Oudekraal will take a maximum of 250 people only.
-Free standing braai Gas stoves are not permitted at the picnic sites and we encourage guests to make use of the existing braai facilities.
– Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
– No alcohol and no Gazebos permitted on site.

All visitors are encouraged to adhere to the regulations imposed by the NCCC and SANPark, and to pick up their litter after use.

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