City parks, nature reserves and the Joburg Zoo remain closed in Level 3

8 June 2020
Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) appeals to residents to comply with the emergency mitigation measures adopted in Level 3 against Covid-19 which came into effect on 1 June 2020.

The Joburg Zoo, nature reserves, all public parks and corridors along water bodies in the city remain temporarily closed. This includes facilities that are unfenced or that do not have signposts alerting residents to the closure. All JCPZs facilities may not be accessed for gatherings or for individual exercising or for the installation of tombstones in cemeteries. Residents are however allowed to jog or walk in their respective neighbourhoods between 6am and 6pm. These protocols are in place to protect the wellbeing of residents and safeguard families.

Emergency and critical services including general operations at the Joburg Zoo; funerals in cemeteries and the crematoriums; and the removal of uprooted trees and fallen branches, have continued uninterrupted. A core team, that are compliant with safety protocols have also been focusing on horticultural services to ensure that flagship parks, key developed parks and main arterial entrances are cut and cleaned. Zoo staff remain committed to the welfare of animals in their care and a 24-hour team is on standby as well, to swiftly remove fallen trees obstructing main arterials.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Councillor Margaret Arnolds appealed to avid-park users to comply with the temporary lockdown measures in Level 3 as Joburg remains a hotspot due to the surge in the number of Covid-19 infections.

Arnolds stated that, “The concern for the city is the increased trajectory of infections in developed suburbs and the potential of a resurgence in both formal and informal areas. Unfortunately some residents are refusing to comply with safety protocols and are compromising the health of others by gathering in public spaces or visiting parks and nature reserves. The implications of an increase in the number of infections will place undue pressure on the city’s health services and its cemeteries and crematoria,” she added.

Arnolds appealed to residents to comply by staying at home where possible; keeping spaces clean; adopting safe distancing; wearing a mask and washing our hands regularly.

Residents requiring a City Parks or Zoo service may contact the entity on JCPZs digital platforms on or on Twitter on @JoburgParksZoo or on Facebook on JoburgParks or JoburgZoo.