Opposition parties are unimpressed with lockdown beach closures

Opposition parties are unimpressed with lockdown beach closures

- The DA and FF Plus are not happy with President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to close beaches in South Africa

- DA leader John Steenhuisen said that this decision would harm the tourism industry in the country

- Cyril Ramaphosa said the new regulations were based on South Africa's complacency when it comes to following regulations

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On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on what the country had to do in response to the second wave of Covid-19 infections. A number of beaches in South Africa have been closed to the public to avoid large gatherings.

Opposition parties Democratic Alliance (DA) and Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) were not impressed with the president's announcement. These parties felt that it is an irrational decision to close down some beaches in Mzansi.

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The announcement was that all beaches in Eastern Cape will be closed, along with those on Garden Route. Beaches in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed as well but only on certain busy days.

Opposition parties are unimpressed with lockdown beach closures

The DA and EFF are not impressed with President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to shut down some beaches in South Africa due to Covid-19. Image: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg
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The president made the decision to close down certain beaches because of the sudden rise of Covid-19 infections in certain provinces. Cyril Ramaphosa said that South Africans were beginning to become complacent.

"We no longer see the point of avoiding crowded venues, or standing more than 1.5 metres from each other, or keeping windows open when traveling through public transport, or sanitising commonly used places," said the president.

The DA's John Steenhuisen said that the announcement made by the president goes against the advice that was given by medical experts.

"The restriction is irrational and will spell disaster for the hospitality and tourism industries," he said.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that Ramaphosa warned that failure to change will cost lives. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening, pleaded with South Africans to take measures to ensure lives are saved this festive season. Ramaphosa's comments come at a time when South Africa is experiencing a second wave of infections.

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South Africans are known for going all out over the festive season but this year things are certainly going to be different. During his address on Wednesday evening, Ramaphosa warned that failing to adjust behaviour over this period would see many not making it to the new year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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