THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has closed all municipal libraries, museums, art centres and beaches, effective immediately due to the Coronavirus.
This decision was made after a NMBM Disaster Management Advisory Forum for Covid-19 was established last week.
The forum will serve to coordinate the local response to the virus in line with legislation guiding the declaration of a national disaster.
The municipalityâ€™s director of disaster management, Shane Brown, said that civil society organisations and an internal municipal structure â€“ established to ensure the continuation of service delivery â€“ would serve on the structure.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality acting city manager, Noxolo Nqwazi, said that they were aligning themselves with the directive of the president and premier in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
â€œIn addition, all arts and culture and sport and recreation festivals have been cancelled,â€? Nqwazi said.
Municipal spokesperson, Kupido Baron, added that all beaches and public amenities were also closed as of three days ago (Sunday, March 22.)
According to Brown, the guidelines by The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, compels the municipality to close all beaches, braai areas, swimming pools and other public amenities.
During a recent media briefing, Bay interim mayor, Tshonono Buyeye, admitted that the metro needed help making certain decisions.
â€œThere are some questions that cannot be answered immediately, especially when we think of a funeral, for example,â€? he explained.
â€œGatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited, but how are we going to ensure that less than 100 people attend a funeral?