Corona Virus: Cancellations of events and temporary closures of Tourist venues and restaurants!


South Africans are still reeling after hearing the speech broadcast by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday evening in how the government is implementing measures from today onwards in combatting and containing the Corona Virus in our country, with drastic consequences for every one of us, including every business. News of the first event cancellations and temporary restaurant closures is being announced already.

Corona Virus: South African Government announces drastic measures to contain and reduce COVID-19 infections!


Events cancelled or postponed


International Jazz Festival (27 – 28 March)

Cape Town Carnival (21 March) (Photograph above)

AfrikaBurn (27 April – 3 May)

KKNK (23 – 29 March)

Decorex Cape Town (30 April – 3 May)

South Africa Cheese Festival (25 – 27 April)

Two Oceans Marathon (8 – 11 April)

ABSA Soccer Premiership fixtures (March and April)

KAMERS Cape Town (26 – 29 March) 

Super Rugby Fixtures 2020

The Property Show Cape Town (21 – 22 March)

 DevConf 2020 Cape Town (31 March)

Handel’s Messiah Cape Town (Easter weekend)

Last Night at the Proms (this past weekend) 

Mother City Hop 2020 swing dance festival (16 – 22 March)

Sybil and Robin S performance 

La Parada Constantia Nek Sunset Sounds 

All events at which DJ Rene Tanguy plays at Tigers Milk Kloof Street and La Parada Constantia Nek

TP 52 Rolex World Championship Sailing Regatta 


Restaurants temporarily closed 

Arthur’s Mini Superette, Sea Point

The Test Kitchen, Woodstock

The Pot Luck Club, Woodstock

The Shortmarket Club, Cape Town city centre 

Salsify at the Roundhouse, Camps Bay.

The Kitchen, Woodstock

Clarke’s Bar & Dining, Cape Town city centre 

Wolfgat, Paternoster (closed until 1 April)

Oep ve Koep, Paternoster (closed until 1 April)

Mojo Market, Sea Point

Exhibit A, City Centre

Camphors at Vergelegen,  Somerset West (until 2 April)

Tru Italic 

Craft Burger Bar

The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, is closed to non-hotel guests

Maria’s Greek Cafe, Gardens 

Zenzero, Camps Bay

Paranga, Camps Bay

Bilbao, Camps Bay

Chinchilla, Camps Bay

Baptiste, Camps Bay

La Belle, Constantia (Camps Bay continues operating) 

Firefish, Waterfront

The Bungalow, Clifton

Surfshack, Camps Bay

Lily’s, Mouille Point 

Bobo’s, Mouille Point

Blanko, The Alphen, Constantia

Incognito, The Alphen, Constantia

Arkeste, Franschhoek

Marble and Saint Restaurants, Johannesburg 

Janse & Co, Gardens 

Vicious Virgin, City Centre 

Mavericks, City Centre

Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia 

Chef’s Warehouse & Canteen, Bree Street, Cape Town

Sunset Sessions, Camps Bay


Tourist venues temporarily closed 

Franschhoek Motor Museum (closed until 15 April) 

Oranjezicht City Farm (closed until further notice)

Grootte Post Market (29 March)

La Motte, Franschhoek

Leopard’s Leap, Franschhoek

L’Ormarins, Franschhoek, 

Anthonij Rupert, Franschhoek, 

Almenkerk, Elgin

Lammershoek, Swartland

Silverthorn, Robertson 

Seven Springs, Caledon 

Delheim, Stellenbosch 

Tokara, Stellenbosch (closed until 24 March) 

Hope on Hopkins, Woodstock

Steenberg, Constantia 

Vondeling, Paarl

Autograph Distillery, Stellenbosch 

Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch (until end April)

De Grendel, Durbanville (until end March) 

Nederburg, Paarl

Boschendal, Groot Drakenstein (‘phased shutdown’, closed completely from end of March, to re-open 15 April)

La Parada Bree Street First Thursday

Kleine Zalze

Zeitz MOCAA Museum, Waterfront

Two Oceans Aquarium, Waterfront 

Bosman’s, Wellington 

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (until the Easter weekend)

Jewel Africa, Cape Town city centre 

South African Museum, Cape Town city centre 

SA Jewish Museum, Cape Town city centre 

District Six Museum, Cape Town city centre 

Bouchard Finlayson, Hermanus

Haut  Espoir, Franschhoek 

Green Point Urban Park

Company’s Garden

Norval Foundation, Constantia (until 12 April)

Franschhoek Village Market

Slanghoek, Breedekloof Rivier

The Marly Hotel, Camps Bay

Alphen Hotel, Constantia

Southern Guild, Waterfront (by appointment only)

Glen Carlou, Paarl

Van Ryn’s Distillery, Stellenbosch 

Fancourt, George

Robben Island

Bartolomeu Dias Museum, Mosel Bay
Beaufort West Museum
Caledon Museum
Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
Cape Medical Museum
CP Nel Museum
Drostdy Museum
Fransie Pienaar Museum
Genadendal Museum
George Museum
Great Brak River Museum
Hout Bay Museum
Hugenote Memorial Museum, Franschhoek
Jan Danckaert Museum
Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Montagu Museum
Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus
Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, Tulbagh
Paarl Museum
Robertson Museum
SA Fisheries Museum
SA Sendinggestig Museum
Shipwreck Museum
Simons Town Museum
Stellenbosch Museum
Togryers Museum
Wellington Museum
Wheat Industry Museum
Worcester Museum

Koelfontein, Prince Alfred Hamlet

Plaisir de Merle, Franschhoek. 

The Royal Hotel, Riebeeck-Kasteel open to accommodation clients only 

The Hop On Hop Off Bus 

All Cape Town beaches as of 24 March 


The V & A Waterfront is in an emergency meeting. An announcement is expected tomorrow. (See separate Blogpost)

Corona Virus: V&A Waterfront closes key attractions, but continues to trade!


This list will be updated as new information is received. My thanks to Lisa Harlow for providing some of the information. 


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2 replies on “Corona Virus: Cancellations of events and temporary closures of Tourist venues and restaurants!”

  1. Autograph Distillery and Hope on Hopkins Distillery have also temporarily closed their tasting rooms

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