‘We are very excited’ - Capetonians thank Ramaphosa for reopening beaches

Families who have not been to the seaside in weeks say it's something they missed.

Capetonians were happy to be back at the beaches after President Cyril Ramaphosa eased the regulations of alert level 3 lockdown, which saw the reopneing of beaches on 2 February. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Capetonians are on Tuesday thanking President Cyril Ramaphosa and government for reopening beaches.

Families who have not been to the seaside in weeks say it was something they missed.

On Monday night, Ramaphosa announced the easing of level 3 lockdown regulations.

The president’s announcement could not have come on a better day. With 31 degrees forecast and hardly a breeze in the air, many people are likely to flock to their nearest beach.

Capetonians say they had missed the sand between their toes and the crashing waves.

“I’m just glad I could come to the beach with my family,” one beachgoer said.

“I’m very excited; it’s amazing,” another said.

Some say beaches should never have been closed: “I think that it was a very bad idea for the president to close the beaches in the first place, obviously everyone would have kept their distance.”

At Camps Bay, people are adhering to lockdown regulations and wearing masks.

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