Closing beaches is counterproductive, says WC health department

The Western Cape Health Department says that closing beaches is counter-productive as this will force people to gather in closed areas. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The closure of beaches remains contentious.

The DA is challenging the decision to close beaches along the Garden Route in the Western Cape.

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Beaches in the Eastern Cape will also be closed over the festive season, but in KwaZulu-Natal, only on specific days.

Cape Town beaches will remain open.  

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The Western Cape Health Department says that closing beaches is counterproductive as this will force people to gather in closed areas.

The department's Keith Cloete said there are unintended consequences of beach closures.

"Our biggest appeal is not to crowd anywhere and the biggest risk for us is indoor crowding," he said.

Source
eNCA

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