The recent announcement that there will no longer be a midnight curfew restriction on New Year’s Day has seen many Capetonians coming together to plan their celebrations, and this will lead to an increase in visitors to public spaces and party spots.
The City of Cape Town’s enforcement and emergency services are gearing up for these celebrations, and will be focusing on public spaces such as beaches, City swimming pools and other public amenities.
The City urges residents to please celebrate responsibly, with due regard for their own safety and that of those around them.
“As part of our festive season deployment, our staff are putting in long hours and I want to thank each and every department, both within the City, but also our external partners like the Metro EMS, NSRI and our Neighbourhood Watches who are contributing to making this time safe for everyone.
“To the public, may you have a great New Year. May all your dreams come true, and please, work with us. If any staff member asks you to do something, it’s because they have your best interests at heart. Work with them, and let’s make this a fun and enjoyable time for everyone,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The City reminds the public that:
- They have to abide by the current Disaster Management Regulations in place
- That the discharge of fireworks is not permitted without a permit, and that the City no longer provides designated fireworks areas
- That alcohol is not permitted on the City’s beaches or any other public space.
“While the weather outlook for New Year’s Day is not ideal, we are still expecting an influx of people to our beach areas and swimming pools. Please note that our pools have reduced capacity due to Covid-19 protocols, and if you opt to go to the beach, please visit one of the many areas where lifeguards are stationed. Swim between the flags only, and listen to the instructions of our lifeguards. They are there for your protection.
“Our Identikidz staff will also be on duty, and I urge parents to make use of the service. I also want to thank those families who have participated in the project. Already we have reunited nearly 150 children who became separated from their families, so the value and peace of mind that the project offers cannot be underestimated,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.