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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 29 of Level 3, 29 June 2020.

 

 

Monday 29 June 2020, Day 29 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of grey and drizzle, not stepping outside at all in the short little break in the rain, soft and gentle rain, with good news of how the dam levels are rising after all the fabulous rain; for a hardworking writing morning; for getting all the Body Corporate AGM documents printed (what a waste of paper); for half of my step goal done as Garagerobics, the rest dancing to Couchrobics on Kfm; for cat cuddles throughout the day, Minsky just having a short little outside break; for starting to update the Food Delivery and Collection list with Restaurants opening from today, many of these also still doing Delivery and Collection; and for being happy and healthy! 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 3, 28 June 2020.

 

Sunday 28 June 2020, 28th Day of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the rain overnight and this morning, the day clearing to a mostly sunny afternoon, perfect for going for a walk as far as Clifton 4th Beach, as well as a late afternoon one through Bakoven, bumping into Haakon and Thomas Bauerkämper, the most often seen exercisers since Lockdown began over 3 months ago, I wearing a short-sleeved top, it was so nice and warm; for being a busy 🐝 this morning, having a deadline by which the Body Corporate AGM queries had to be sent to Sandak-Lewin 48 hours in advance, despite their Portfolio Manager still not having answered all my AGM questions sent to him a week ago, earning him a big fat Sour Service Award 😡; for a long cat cuddle in bed this morning 🐱; for a long chat with my MasterChick Jenny Stephens; for dancing to my playlist and to Kfm; for my stress level dropping, measured by my Resting Heart Rate; for receiving a call from the lovely Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay, who is back to look after Camps Bay, even if just for a few more days; for another concert by Daniel Hope with his Hope @ Home on Tour, performed at the Monopol, formerly a Distillery in Berlin; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to FitBit; Sour Service Award goes to Sandak-Lewin!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to FitBit, for their fantastic service when I handed in my Charge 3 tracker at Sportsman’s Warehouse at The Point in Sea Point for repair. The staff at the outlet told me that it would cost R100 to courier my tracker to the repair centre in Johannesburg, and that I would be liable for the repair cost, without being able to quote for it. It would take weeks to do the repair, given that fewer staff were working.  I was very reluctant to send my tracker off, after hearing this information. But when the FitBit was really playing up, no longer measuring all my steps, and not measuring my heart rate at all, I had no option but to hand it in at the outlet, as a last resort. Ten days later I received a Sms, informing me that I could collect the tracker at Sportsman’s Warehouse at no charge, I went there immediately. I was delighted to be told that I could select a new tracker, and that the upgraded FitBit Charge 4 costs the same as the Charge 3, so I could go home with a brand new upgraded FitBit, which Steve from Sportsman’s Warehouse synced with the FirBit App on my phone.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18 of Level 3, 18 June 2020.

 

Thursday 18 June 2020, Day 18 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another magnificent day…. can we be so lucky to have a week of summer in the middle of winter ?❤️; for walking twice today, at lunchtime up to Clifton Fourth Beach, bumping into Thomas and Haakon again, and a Camps Bay beachfront round at sunset time with Lisa Hayden who lives in Bakoven, with the most stupendous sunset; for having a writing-free morning after writing about President Ramaphosa’s speech last night and posting it then; for Henry getting my apartment alarm fixed after putting in the new battery and reprogramming it; for getting appointments at Sorbet and for my hair as soon as the opening date is announced (1 July probably); for loving how my vegetable garden is flourishing, with the compost we have been adding, tomatoes just growing wild, and the bought beetroot and coriander plants loving all the sun as well as rain; for receiving an invitation to participate in an online cooking show with one of our country’s top chefs…. 😱; for a long Vit D fix on the terrace; for Minsky now knowing her surroundings, and returning back inside without I having to panic; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

President Ramaphosa announces Restaurants to reopen for Sit-Down Service, looks after women by allowing Personal Care industry to reopen and lambasts men for gender-based violence, non-contact sports allowed!

 

In an interesting Address by President Ramaphosa this evening, almost as much time was spent lambasting men about the violence and crime perpetrated against women and children, as was curbing the spread of the Corona Virus addressed, with new industries which are to reopen announced.

Restaurants may reopen for a Sit-Down Service, Personal Care services such as hairdressers and beauty salons may reopen, ‘licensed’ accommodation excluding Air BnB may reopen, public gathering restrictions will be loosened, theatres and cinemas will reopen, casinos will reopen, conference facilities will reopen, and non-contact sports such as cricket, tennis, and golf may be played. However, no date was announced nor were the specific regulations per type of business addressed. Cigarette sales were not mentioned.  Continue reading →

SA Tourism private sector boldly predicts that International Tourism will reopen in September 2020!

 

As a writer following the Covid-19 pandemic and its rampant disastrous effect on Tourism and the Restaurant industries, I have been surprised to read an increasing number of articles predicting the opening up of our country to international tourism by September 2020, in a month that is Tourism Month, and traditionally the beginning of the South African summer and therefore Tourist season.  The articles stem from a media release by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, and appears confident in its prediction, based on its lobbying with Government, an interaction which was scheduled for yesterday 9 June. No outcome of this interaction has been seen yet. Earlier predictions were that the country would only reopen to international tourists in February 2021.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 5 June 2020.

 

Friday 5 June 2020, Day 5 of Level 3, after 66 days of levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very good clean day; for the happy news that the Argentinian AirBnB clients left today, after 73 Days of being locked up/down in our block of flats together; for having Jameson’s left to celebrate with 🥃; for an exercise walk early this morning, getting up to the start of Clifton, despite my hip playing up today for the first time in months; for my back-up Health App in recording my steps the last three days, I never acknowledging it, as an alternative to FitBit, my walk this morning not recorded at all by FitBit; for having Leah here to do a spring clean deluxe, after almost 3 months of little cleaning; for fabulous service at Tiger Wheel & Tyre for the Discovery Insure vehicle inspection and receiving my garage card as well as device in my car to monitor my driving, a very painless process; for a lovely mild day, despite a chill in the air late morning; for the City Council staff repainting the red lines on Victoria Road, and learning what the zig zag lines stand for; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’ launched, after qualifying as a Tourist Guide during Lockdown!

 

In January I attended a Tourist Guiding course run by the Tourist Guiding Institute, with a theoretical as well as a practical content, and received my Certificate last week, the issuing thereof much delayed due to the Covid-19 Lockdown. I am qualified as a Cultural Tourist Guide, as well as a Wine Tourist Guide, for the Western Cape as well as Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, and guide in English and in German. I have created a Facebook page, calling my Guiding Service ‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’. Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5, 1 June 2020.

 

Monday 1 June 2020, Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days of Lockdown Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of ❤️, happiness, and beautiful weather; I went to exercise at my now-normal time, loving the early morning freshness and sunrise to photograph, getting as far as Glen Beach, there being lots of litter to pick up due to overflowing bins, with lots of disposable coffee cups from the weekend; to have our Building Manager Henry back at work, working with him in applying the Covid Compliance Code, setting up a Sanitation Station; for meeting Stephané Schoeman and her husband Anton Velleman, owners of the Vida e Caffe in Camps Bay, who invited me for a tea to chat about my post about Camps Bay yesterday, Stephané getting a garbage bag to clear out the green bin across the road from their outlet, overflowing this morning, so I squashed its contents down to make space for more cups whilst I was on my first walk 👏; for a little shopping trip to Tamboerskloof, getting my favorite poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery, lusting for them for 67 days, and at Peppertree Café on Kloof Street, both reopening as Deli’s today; for another walk to Bakoven; for a fun call with Stuart Bailey; for a tremendous feeling of freedom today, being allowed to be outside when we want to; for dancing 💃 to Kfm; for updating the Facebook Restaurant Delivery and Collection Group pages; for hearing from my dearest friend Llewellyn Lambert, missing him so much, a message out of the blue 🍎🍎🍎; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

 

At the end of Exercise Time I checked the store opening and closing times at Pick n Pay and Woolworths, hearing at the latter that they have roast chicken in stock again. This became my most reacted to photograph of the day. 😱

I had to cut my exercise time short as I had to be back at 8h30 to let Henry inside, having kept his keys during Lockdown. We are going to start composting my Veg and fruit offcuts, my tomato plants growing very well already without having planted any.

It felt like a new week, a new month, a new year, excitement in the air, so I put fresh bedding on my bed and got my laundry ready to take to the Laundrette when things quieten down.

After visiting Vida I popped in at Cafe Caprice, which reopened today, chatting to owner David Raad, he reassuring me that the restaurant alcohol prices will be very reasonable. I also popped in at Tiger’s Milk, having heard that they had reopened too, but they will only operate from tomorrow. I loved their Sanitation Station ……. in Corona boxes. 😱. Funniest was a foot bath in which to disinfect one’s feet….. 😷😂 . Next I said hello at Rainbow, which has been open since May, but not during Exercise Time. I succumbed to a mask with red hearts – how could I not buy it…. ? ❤️

A walk through the Promenade was scary, every second Shop closed down: Daluca gift shop, the hair boutique, two pop-up boutiques, Jessy’s Waffles, Out of this World, and The Butcher. 😢

I compiled a first list of the more than 20 restaurants which have closed down in Cape Town and the Winelands since Lockdown. And there are more, I heard this afternoon.

Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

But I’m delighted for the Restaurants that are open, offering Food Delivery & Collection, and if licensed, also selling alcohol from their restaurants from today onwards. Some crazy pics of bottle store queues today, who would want to stand in one?

For the first time in about 30 years alcohol may be sold off-consumption in Camps Bay from today – history in the making … 🍷🥃🥂

A lovely day all in all, feeling so ‘normal’ again, yet still strange. 😷😷😷

SA Corona Status: 17291 steps 705 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 18000 steps 13 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

Corona Lockdown Level 3: Tourism Minister presents operation of Tourism industry: Business Tourism only, Tourist Guides to claim financial support and to operate, and a number of other tourism sectors can open up!

 

Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane addressed the nation this evening, in a short fast half hour presentation, explaining the regulations pertaining to the Level 3 regulations for the Tourism industry. While the focus in Level 3 is on the Domestic market, and on Business Tourism only, the Minister said that the Tourism Industry should be opening up at all levels, including international tourism, from December 2020 onwards! Continue reading →