In a statement released by the company, the suspension takes effect from March 18, 2020 to the Easter weekend of 2020 or until there is better clarity is given on the control and suppression of the virus by the President of South Africa and international health bodies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“As the leading attraction in Africa and the Indian Ocean, we believe that it is our duty to act responsibly as a tourism operator under these extreme circumstances,” said the organization through the press statement.
“As the number of confirmed cases continue to rise, we will continue to take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus.”
They added that closing the operation on short notice is something that they are very familiar with as they are highly dependent on the weather in order to operate and in instances they have had to close due to the weather, they have managed to open once the weather cleared.
“With this outbreak, however, we are unsure of how this will unfold and how long it will take for the national authorities and health bodies to contain this virus.”
Following the spread of COVID-19, the City of Cape Town also decided, from Wednesday, 18 March 2020, to close city facilities that include swimming pools, camping sites, museums, art centers, community halls, civic centers, recreational hubs, stadia, spray parks, resorts, braai and picnic spots, city sports fields and nature reserves.