CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
For the latest information regarding the situation with regards to the Coronavirus in South Arica and to access official press releases, please visit the South African Department of Health’s website.
The Department of Health in South Africa has also created a very effective WhatsApp system which is a good way of keeping up to date with info. Simply add this number: 0600-123456 as a WhatsApp contact and type ‘Hi’ in the message block. Follow the prompts from here.
For all up to date information about the current situation in the Western Cape in South Africa specifically, please visit: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus
Public Hotline: 0800 029 999 or the Provincial hotline: 021 928 4102
Africa updates: COVID-19 LIVE updates, WHO website
TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AFRICA
Following an extensive analysis of the progression of the disease worldwide and in South Africa, The South African Cabinet has decided on the following measures:
• Imposing travel bans effective 18 March to and from high-risk source markets, including South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, UK and China.
• Travelers from medium-risk source markets – Portugal, Singapore and Hong Kong – to present them for high-intensity testing.
• Cancellation of visas granted to citizens from high-risk destinations.
• Any foreign national who visited a high-risk country will be denied a visa.
• Self-isolation for travelers who have come from high-risk destinations since mid-February.
• Surveillance, screening and testing measures at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports will be strengthened.
• All non-essential domestic travel, particularly by air, rail, taxis and bus are discouraged.
• Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited in South Africa.
• Where small gatherings are unavoidable, organisers will need to put in place stringent measures of prevention and control.
• South African Schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March, and will remain closed until after the Easter Weekend.
We encourage travelers who have already booked a holiday to Tulbagh to please postpone their trip rather than cancelling it.
WHAT CAN WE DO IN THE VALLEY
To protect you against infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends:
• Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer
• Maintaining distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Seeking medical care immediately if you are showing symptoms
Below some information you can share with your colleagues, staff and guests where relevant.
• Coronavirus A3 Poster
• Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
• Coronavirus: How do I protect myself? An infographic by SATSA
Other resources for the hospitality industry:
• Surface Defense Professional Treatment for businesses
• SATSA official Coronavirus update website and resources for the travel industry
• Official posters from the WHO website that can be printed out and put up in establishments
FREQUENTLY ASKED CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TRAVEL QUESTIONS
There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak – no more so than when it comes to travel plans. Based on information from expert sources (including WHO, South African Government, NICD, and Travel Insurance Consultants), SATSA has compiled FAQs to help you answer some of the most pressing questions you might receive from clients or have yourself.
Questions cover rights as travelers, cancellations and postponements, travel insurance, and measures in place for managing the infection across South Africa, at its borders, and specifically within the travel and tourism sector.
Download the document here.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday evening, 15 March following an increase in coronavirus cases in the country. Please see below the video of his speech.
Download (PDF): STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON MEASURES TO COMBAT COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
Released: 15 March 2020