iSimangaliso welcomes the decision to lower alert level 4 to level 3, as announced by the Honourable President Ramaphosa. In his address the President reiterated the importance of adhering to health protocol as one of the critical measures in the fight against COVID-19. iSimangaliso remains committed to ensuring that it plays its part in flattening the curve and fighting the pandemic.
Furthermore, iSimangaliso acknowledges the statement by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on tourism sector response measures and directions which, amongst other things, paves the way for parks to open as of 1 June 2020.
The Minister of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry, Ms Barbara Creecy, will soon be making pronouncements and provide further direction and guidance on alert level 3 in relation to the environment, fisheries, and forestry sector, which iSimangaliso Wetland Park falls under.
Lowering of alert level 4 to level 3 has paved the way for getting the Park ready to welcome visitors back, and yet in doing so it is critically important to ensure that health and safety protocols are adhered to, and the lives of our staff and visitors are not compromised.
Therefore, as of 1 June 2020, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is going to commence with the process of getting the Park ready for opening on 8 June 2020. The preparation process will include the following:
- return of iSimangaliso staff and conducting of training on health and safety protocols;
- deep cleaning of offices and public facilities within the Park; and
- preparing the Park for visitors e.g. cutting trees, and removing logs on the road etc.
Once compliance requirements have been met, and the Park has been declared safe, the Park will open in keeping with the Minister’s direction. To this end the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is pleading with the public to exercise patience and understanding, as all these measures are being put in place in the interest of public safety and ensuring that we all play our part in curbing the spread of the virus.
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