Over the past week, 16-22 December, the City recorded 262 283 beachgoers and 779 089 promenade visitors. Over 4000 cases of non-compliance to safety precautions and by-laws were reported on the beaches. There are 32 cases of sexual harassment. The Municipality is proud to announce that the culprits were apprehended immediately after cases were reported. There are 42 beach rescue operations that have been executed since start of the festive season and no drownings.
Bathing is allowed from 06H00-18H00 on all beaches. Beaches will be closed on 31 December 2020 as well as 1, 2 and 3 January 2021. The public urged not to bathe at night nor at beaches that are not manned by lifeguards. Liquor is not allowed at beaches and public spaces. The Park and Ride facility is available at no cost and will adhere with all the regulations including the updated. The curfew will be strictly enforced, and no persons are allowed to sleep overnight in public spaces buses, taxis and cars. Any loud music whether live or otherwise will be prohibited
Fishing is allowed to people with permits at designated fishing beaches.
All Municipal parks facilities, including Durban Botanic Gardens, Mitchell Park Zoo, Umgeni River Bird Park and all nature reserves will be closed on 31 December 2020 as well as 1, 2 and 3 January 2021. They will be open on every other day.
The Municipality has taken a decision to close down all Municipal libraries and museums until further notice. The decision is informed by the City’s endeavour to protect its employees against the alarming rate of the spread of the pandemic.