Beach ban: Damage to economy irreparable, says Garden Route mayor

 

Pressure is mounting on the president to reconsider a decision to close Garden Route beaches. The district, which has been declared a coronavirus hotspot, now has less than 5,000 active cases. Aside from two looming court cases, the Western Cape Premier and the Garden Route Mayor have both written impassioned letters to President Cyril Ramaphosa. They say the impact of the beach closures on the local economy will be devastating.

CAPE TOWN - Pressure is mounting on President Cyril Ramaphosa to reconsider a decision to close Garden Route beaches.

Aside from two looming court cases, the Western Cape premier and the Garden Route mayor have both written impassioned letters to Ramaphosa.

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They say the impact of the beach closures on the local economy will be devastating.

The Garden Route was expecting up to 100,000 visitors this festive season.

But within 24 hours of the beach closures, there had been almost 500 cancellations worth R3.8-million.

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"The damage already is irreparable. The rands and cents that have fallen through the cracks will never be recovered again," said mayor Memory Booysen.

"Already some businesses have indicated that they are not going to even wait for a response, they just won't be able to catch up."

* eNCA's Linsday Dentlinger reports.

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