December 6, 2021


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Beaches in Durban ban swimming – but these five activities are allowed

Beaches in Durban ban swimming - but these five activities are allowed


EThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela gave bad news for swimming fans on the east coast. Durban’s beaches may have opened more this week due to the implementation of Level 2 regulations – but authorities have banned people from going in the ocean.

Level 2: What can you do in eThekwini?

According to Mayisela, a combination of bad weather and uncertainty about how the virus can spread led the local government to ban residents from bathing in the immediate future. However, it has been confirmed that people can participate in these five activities while frequenting the beaches of Durban:

  • People will be allowed to exercise on the sand, as long as they don’t go into the sea.
  • While walking is allowed on all beaches in Durban.
  • Running and jogging gets the nod.
  • People can sit and meet according to the rules of social gatherings, but must not gather in large crowds.
  • The municipality of eThekwini has also given the green light to yoga activities At the seaside.
  • However, next to swimming, surfing is also still prohibited.

Why is swimming prohibited on the beaches of Durban?

The fear that group activities could attract large numbers of spectators and spectators has been cited as one of the main reasons why swimming in the ocean remains prohibited. The calculations may not add up for everyone, but the city is adamant that it is doing everything in its power to keep citizens safe.

“Harsh weather conditions that are about to hit the coast. The public is hereby asked to note that the country is still at Level 2 and therefore group activities and events which attract large numbers of spectators are not permitted. This is why swimming is still not allowed on our beaches ”

“The Parks and Recreation Department ensures that lifeguards and beach maintenance staff are trained and equipped with the necessary regulated personal protective equipment to undertake rescues safely. It should also be noted that the shark nets are still not in place and cannot be launched this week.

Msawakhe Mayisela on Level 2 Lockdown


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