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Botanical Gardens Open for Exercise

August 3, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

The environment, forestry and fisheries department has confirmed that members of the public will once again be able to access the country’s botanical gardens to exercise with effect from 3 August 2020.

In a statement, the department emphasized that the Amended Directions published in Government Gazette 43564 on 28 July 2020 provide for access to botanical gardens for exercise purposes only.

No social gathering, picnics or public events will be allowed.

According to the environment, forestry and fisheries minister, Barbara Creecy, “Business conferences and meetings limited to 50 people, excluding those who participate via electronic platforms, may be allowed under controlled conditions outlined in government regulations that promote health protocols for such gatherings”.

In another statement, the minister has clarified that overnight accommodation for hunters will be permitted in terms of further amendments to be made to the Directions for the Biodiversity Sector for Alert Level 3.

“Permitting hunters to sleep over at their hunting destinations, within the province in which they live, is in line with this week’s Cabinet decision to ease restrictions around leisure travel,” said the minister.

The Directions for the Biodiversity Sector, to be published next week, will be aligned with recent announcements by the tourism minister on intra-provincial leisure travel.