Coronavirus (CoVID-19)

Vineyards in the Elgin Valley, South Africa

Information for visitors to Grabouw and the Elgin Valley

Elgin Grabouw Tourism (EGT) would like to take this opportunity to share important information for both our visiting tourists and our tourism business community. Our committee members met on 16 March to formulate on a strategy on how we will be moving forward in light of the current situation with regards to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In the interest of public health and safety, the following Grabouw and Elgin Valley events and festivals have been confirmed as cancelled/postponed until further notice:

  • 17 March
    Wine Tourism Connection Workshop at The River Club Observatory
  • 18 March
    EGT Front of House Visits
  • 19 March
    Elgin Harvest Media Day
  • 27-29 March
    Ride the Cape at Cherry Glamping
  • 28 March
    Ndlovu Youth Choir at Paul Cluver Amphitheatre
  • 4-5 April
    Weekend Warrior Grabouw at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club
  • 25-26 April
    Cape Crusade Trail Run at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club
  • 23 April
    Elgin Tweet Up Event
  • 1-2 May
    Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival
  • 9 May
    Muddy Princess at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club

In the meantime the Elgin Railway Market as well as the tasting rooms at Almenkerk Wine Estate, Lothian House and Oak Valley Wines have also been closed until further notice.

Government measures

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in South Africa, our government has put the following measures into place:

  • A travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China as from 18 March 2020.
  • Advising all South African citizens to refrain from all forms of travel to or through the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other identified high-risk countries such as China, Iran and South Korea.
  • Government tocontinue to regularly issue travel alerts referring to specific cities, countries or regions as the situation evolves based on the risk level.
  • Any foreign national who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa.
  • South African citizens returning from high-risk countries will be subjected to testing and self-isolation or quarantine on return to South Africa.
  • Travellers from medium-risk countries – such as Portugal, Hong Kong and Singapore – will be required to undergo high intensity screening.
  • All travellers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries since mid-February will be required to present themselves for testing.
  • We will strengthen surveillance, screening and testing measures at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports South Africa has 72 ports of entry in the country which are land, sea and air ports.
  • Of the 53 land ports, 35 will be shut down with effect from Monday 16 March.
  • Two of the 8 sea ports will be closed for passengers and crew changes.
  • Effective immediately, all non-essential travel for all spheres of government outside of the Republic is prohibited We further discourage all non-essential domestic travel, particularly by air, rail, taxis and bus.

Curb the spread of infection

To encourage social distancing as an effort to curb the spread of infection, our government has decided on these additional measures:

  • Gatherings of more than 100 people will be prohibited.
  • Mass celebrations of upcoming national days such as Human Rights Day and other large government events will be cancelled.
  • Where small gatherings are unavoidable, organisers will need to put in place stringent measures of prevention and control.
  • Schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March, and will remain closed until after the Easter Weekend.

We will continue to update ourselves and share important communication from key role players such as our neighbouring tourism communities as well as Wesgro, Overberg District Municipality, South African Tourism, SATSA and Agri-Western Cape. Correct information is critical. We urge our visitors and tourism community not to share unverified and information from unofficial sources. The following resources can be trusted as verified and up to date sources:

  • The SATSA Coronavirus webpage
  • The South African Department of Health‘s website.
  • The Department of Health official government COVID-19 support service, which is a WhatsApp system which is a good way of keeping up to date with info. Simply add this number : 0600-123456 as a WhatsApp contact and type ‘Hi’ in the message block. Follow the prompts from here. This service provides the official and up to date information on the status of COVID-19 in South Africa.
  • Click here for up to date information about the current situation in the Western Cape in South Africa specifically.
  • Public Hotline: 0800 029 999
  • For statistics on the situation in Africa: COVID IN AFRICA UPDATES

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST INFECTION?


The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends:

  • Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Maintaining distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Seeking medical care immediately if you are showing symptoms.

See links below for accredited and useful resources on how to protect yourself and do your bit to curb the spread of the Coronavirus:

Remain calm and stay positive

We are experiencing an uncertain situation and uncertainty can breed fear, we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by panic. Our efforts are best spent by remaining calm, practising personal safety as most cases are mild, and do our best to avoid infection of the old and vulnerable. It is hard to see anyone in the community suffer financial loss or emotional strain. We would like to share our sympathies for our members who have been directly and severely affected by the knock on effect of Coronavirus. We encourage travellers who have already booked a holiday to Grabouw and The Elgin Valley to please postpone their trip rather than cancelling it.

There are many of our businesses that are still open for trade. Elgin Grabouw Tourism will endeavour to continue to post announcements on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), follow us @ExperienceElgin for updates and news.

As a final word for now, quoted from A letter from the desk of the President published Monday 16th March:

“Let’s stand together and act decisively, with determination and with purpose. We work best as a collective, for it is upon the actions of every South African that the success of our efforts depend”.