City of Cape Town scraps COVID-19 temperature screening

The City of Cape Town’s Mayco Member for Corporate Services, Theresa Uys, has confirmed that the metro will no longer require staff and visitors to undergo COVID-19 temperature screening.

Uys says the decision was issued by the Western Cape’s Health Department in December last year, but the City is only implementing the directive now.

‘’We want to assure our residents that we are doing everything possible to ensure that our facilities are compliant with Cabinet’s decision. I also want to plead with you to work with us as we adjust to this new way of doing things and to comply with requests from the front office staff when visiting City facilities. The staff are well trained to provide guidance and to making the visit as pleasant as possible.’’

Symptom screening must however continue as it is a legal requirement, and every visitor to any City facility will be required to have their hands sanitised and you will need to complete the screening form provided by the delegated authority.

Uys added that the number of patrons allowed at City facilities has been increased. Based on the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations, the maximum capacity of patrons will be allowed into a facility. The maximum capacity is determined at the discretion of the facility management at each facility.

If you do test positive for COVID-19, but show no symptoms, you do not have to isolate, according to the National Health Department. However, if you test positive with symptoms, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to seven days.


Done By: Mitchum George


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