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Published on: 30 July 2020

Following the announcement published by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, on 30 July 2020, all national botanical gardens are set to open to the public on Monday 3 August 2020.

However, the gardens will be open solely for the purpose of exercise, subject to health protocols. While using the gardens, patrons are requested to comply with COVID-19 alert level 3 regulations including the compulsory wearing of masks, frequent hand washing or sanitization, and maintaining social distance.

“The welfare of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance to us, and we therefore urge our patrons to follow the prescribed COVID-19 regulations currently applicable under advanced level 3,” say Ms Carmel Mbizvo, Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Certain activities will be prohibited at the gardens and these include picnicking, braaiing, and gathering in social groups. Members of the public are invited to come and exercise  using the numerous scenic paths and trails that are available in each garden and to enjoy the fresh air and open spaces that our gardens offer.

Craig Allenby
Cell: 071 400 7566
Tel.: 012 843 5286



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