President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the nation to act in a responsible manner and to work with Government to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country.
In adherence with this call, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) will be closed to all visitors as from today, 18 March. The cableway will remain closed until after the Easter weekend, or until greater clarity is given on the management and containment of this virus by the President and international health bodies, such as the World Health Organisation.
“As the leading attraction in Africa and the Indian Ocean, we believe that it is our duty to act responsibly as a tourism operator under these extreme circumstances. As the number of confirmed cases continue to rise, we will continue to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus,” says Wahida Parker, Managing Director of TMACC.
TMACC has put arrangements in place for visitors who have already purchased tickets, to use these tickets at a later date or to apply for a refund.
Visit tablemountain.net for more information on this process.
Meanwhile, the Two Oceans Aquarium will also temporarily close its doors to the public from today, 18 March until Tuesday 14 April. This will be the first time the Aquarium has closed since Christmas Day in 1996.
“We regard this situation as extremely serious and did not make this decision lightly. Many of our exhibits are interactive by nature and invite people to touch and explore. It is also difficult in the Aquarium for people to maintain physical distance while viewing our exhibits. After consultation with our owners and as a responsible tourism destination, we believe that a temporary closure is in the best interests of our staff, volunteers, members and general visitors. While our public-facing operations will be closed our animal husbandry and technical teams will continue to care for the animals while taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves against the spread of Covid-19,” said the Aquarium’s CEO Michael Farquhar. “We will review the situation in the weeks to come.”
For more information visit their website: https://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/two-oceans-aquarium-closed-temporarily-in-response-to-covid-19-pandemic