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Kouga shelves plans for Opening of Season, New Year

03 November 2020
The annual fireworks and laser shows in December have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual fireworks and laser shows in December have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 infections continue to rise, Kouga Municipality has announced that it will be shelving its plans for the 2020 Opening of Season and New Year's Eve.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the region shot up to 90 this week. 

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said the municipality regretted having to cancel its plans for the two big days. 
"Unfortunately, the current escalation in COVID-19 cases across our region, province and country makes it highly unlikely that safety precautions will be relaxed to such an extent that these events will be able to continue," he said. 
"We have, therefore, decided to cancel the proposed fireworks and laser shows that were lined up for 18 and 31 December."
He said no decision had as yet been made as to whether activities arranged by private event organisers would be allowed to continue. 
"The President is expected to address the country within the next few days about possible changes to the current lockdown restrictions," he said. 
"A final decision regarding privately-organised events will be made on the basis of his announcement."
According to the latest report from the Department of Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases more than tripled in the Kouga region during October. 
"We started October with 25 cases. This has since escalated to 90," Hendricks said.
"We are deeply concerned about the spike and would like to plea with residents to play their part to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 
"Avoid crowded places, wear a face mask when in public and remember to practise good hand hygiene and social distancing."