The Bo-Kaap is on lockdown, in a bid to mitigate and prevent the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 virus.
In a letter addressed to the tourism industry, chairperson of the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association, Osman Shaboodien said that they are heeding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
Shaboodien said that Bo-Kaap is a tourist destination and therefore is at higher risk due to visits from tourists, some from high risk countries.
The letter served to notify the government that Bo-Kaap will be on lockdown with no tourists allowed in the historical site.
” We, therefore, place the tourism industry and government on notice that Bo-Kaap will be on lockdown and no tourist will be allowed into our area,” Shaboodien said.
“This is for their health and the health of the Bo-Kaap community.”
Shaboodien added: “We have lots of buses coming through Bo-Kaap… In Bo-Kaap, the age demographic is around 60-62 average age of residents who are very susceptible to the virus.”