Cape Town streets restaurants

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Lockdown innovation: Cape Town to close streets and open restaurants

This should be lekker hey? Cape Town’s festive lockdown will support locals and business owners by closing streets to open restaurants.

Cape Town streets restaurants

Image: City of Cape Town

It’s true and official. Cape Town will be all about closed streets and open restaurants this summer. The inspired idea was announced by the municipality on Monday 13 December.


The city has said the decision has been made to offer added safety for locals, while also providing much-needed business confidence to local restaurants in these times of COVID-19 lockdown.

As of Saturday 18 December, select streets in the Central Business District will be closed for motorist traffic in favour of more eating tables and walking.

Closed streets and open restaurants will allow safety for locals and improved business for food and liquor traders.

“Whilst we cannot help every restaurant, we hope this innovation will make a positive difference in the lives of many hospitality workers,” said the mayor’s office.

“On the 18th, street closures will be in effect in Bree Street between Hout and Wale from 14h00 to 23h00.”


The City of Cape Town said the innovative programme will begin with 20 food and drink businesses before the initiative expands as we go deeper in the festive month.

Including live music events, the closed streets and open restaurants will later include some of the city’s popular streets such as Harrington and Long.

“Our events team has worked quickly to arrange it, and they’ve delivered a great line-up of safe, socially-distanced evenings of open-air dining in Cape Town’s streets,” the city added.

“We know the impact that Covid has had on Cape Town businesses and the thousands of Capetonians they employ. Innovative thinking is needed to help get our economy through this wave, and we are committed to doing what we can.

“The city centre has always been a hub for entertainment, food and culture and we hope to rejuvenate this. We encourage residents to support the local restaurant trade while staying safe this summer.”


Meanwhile, there is a serious health matter that can’t be ignored. COVID-19 positive cases are soaring in the Western Cape and around Mzansi.

Cape Town has reportedly entered a fourth wave of infections rate.

“While it is always scary to hear we are facing another wave of Covid-19 cases, we must remain calm and turn our anxiety into action,” said premier Alan Winde on Monday.

“We can do this by following four steps: vaccinate as soon as possible, because vaccinations prevent severe illness.

“Ensure you wear your mask, because the virus spreads in the air. Also, ensure good ventilation with lots of fresh air, and if you are meeting others, do it outside. This is much easier in our summer months. Together with the golden rules of good hygiene, including staying home when you feel sick, we can slow the spread and save lives and jobs in the Western Cape.”

Winde concluded.