Western Cape Government advises more stringent measures to stop the spread | Western Cape Government


Western Cape Government advises more stringent measures to stop the spread

20 March 2020



The Western Cape Government advises more stringent measures in order to contain the spread and impact of Coronavirus in the province.

Those who are showing any signs of being sick must stay at home. 

The Department of Health has also today made live, an online self-assessment tool which will help residents determine whether they need further, medical assessment. 

We urge people to use this tool to assess themselves and should they meet the case definition, to call the either the national (0800 029 999) or the provincial (021 928 4102) hotline to determine the next steps.

Those who are able to, are urged to stay at home. Minimise physical contact as far as possible.

If you must leave your home, ensure that you are keeping a 2 metre distance between yourself and others

We are urging people to reduce contact wherever they can. If employers are able to allow their staff to work from home, they must make this decision. Where this is not possible, we urge employers to ensure that their employees are able to keep a distance between themselves and others, and to ensure working environments are hygienic. As we head into the weekend, we strongly advise people to avoid gatherings  where they may be in close contact with others. We all need to be doing everything we can to stop the spread.

Case update:

The number of positive cases in the Western Cape currently stands at 57.

At this stage, 15% of the caseload is aged over 60- which is a higher risk group.

The Western Cape Government has started GIS mapping of cases in order to best respond to new infections.


​The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has taken the decision to close the following facilities as from today:

  • The Archives reading room (Researchers can still send through email or telephonic requests for assistance)
  • All Western Cape Government cultural facilities
  • DCAS funded After School centres
  • Heritage Western Cape remains open for applications but encourages members of the public to make applications electronically and engage with their offices via email rather than coming into the building.
  • The following museums affiliated to the Department will be closed:

Bartolomeu Dias Museum

Beaufort West Museum

Caledon Museum

Cango Caves

Cape Medical Museum

CP Nel Museum

Drostdy Museum

Fransie Pienaar Museum

Genadendal Museum

George Museum

Great Brak River Museum

Hout Bay Museum

Hugenote Memorial Museum

Jan Danckaert Museum

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

Montagu Museum

Old Harbour Museum

Oude Kerk Volksmuseum

Paarl Museum

Robertson Museum

SA Fisheries Museum

SA Sendinggestig Museum

Shipwreck Museum

Simons Town Museum

Stellenbosch Museum

Togryers Museum

Wellington Museum

Wheat Industry Museum

Worcester Museum





Media Enquiries: 
Bianca Capazorio
Spokesperson for Premier Alan Winde
Tel: 072 372 7044