KZN govt pulls plug on major events this festive season

KZN govt pulls plug on major events this festive season

The KwaZulu-Natal government won't be hosting any major events over this year's festive season. 

Party goers in Badplaas
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It says the decision was made in support of efforts to avoid a resurgence of Covid-19 in the province. 

The KZN government's said in a statement that the provincial executive council took the decision on Wednesday at its final meeting of 2020.

It's following advice from medical and scientific practitioners who encouraged the province to keep major events - like its festive season programme - on hold. 

It explains that the risk of Covid-19 spreading at events and gatherings and urged the provincial government to be responsible and cautious. 

KZN officials say the move will have a devastating impact on the local economy but  it needs to protect lives. 

It says people are still welcome to visit the province over the year-end holidays, and that residents can host small family gatherings in line with coronavirus health and safety guidelines.


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