Information for visitors to Grabouw and the Elgin Valley
Elgin Grabouw Tourism (EGT) would like to take this opportunity to share important information for both our visiting tourists and our tourism business community. Our committee members met on 16 March to formulate on a strategy on how we will be moving forward in light of the current situation with regards to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In the interest of public health and safety, the following Grabouw and Elgin Valley events and festivals have been confirmed as cancelled/postponed until further notice:
- 17 March
Wine Tourism Connection Workshop at The River Club Observatory
- 18 March
EGT Front of House Visits
- 19 March
Elgin Harvest Media Day
- 27-29 March
Ride the Cape at Cherry Glamping
- 28 March
Ndlovu Youth Choir at Paul Cluver Amphitheatre
- 4-5 April
Weekend Warrior Grabouw at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club
- 25-26 April
Cape Crusade Trail Run at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club
- 23 April
Elgin Tweet Up Event
- 1-2 May
Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival
- 9 May
Muddy Princess at The Elgin Grabouw Country Club
In the meantime the Elgin Railway Market as well as the tasting rooms at Almenkerk Wine Estate, Lothian House and Oak Valley Wines have also been closed until further notice.
We will continue to update ourselves and share important communication from key role players such as our neighbouring tourism communities as well as Wesgro, Overberg District Municipality, South African Tourism, SATSA and Agri-Western Cape. Correct information is critical. We urge our visitors and tourism community not to share unverified and information from unofficial sources. The following resources can be trusted as verified and up to date sources:
- The SATSA Coronavirus webpage
- The South African Department of Health‘s website.
- The Department of Health official government COVID-19 support service, which is a WhatsApp system which is a good way of keeping up to date with info. Simply add this number : 0600-123456 as a WhatsApp contact and type ‘Hi’ in the message block. Follow the prompts from here. This service provides the official and up to date information on the status of COVID-19 in South Africa.
- Click here for up to date information about the current situation in the Western Cape in South Africa specifically.
- Public Hotline: 0800 029 999
- For statistics on the situation in Africa: COVID IN AFRICA UPDATES
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST INFECTION?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends:
- Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Maintaining distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Seeking medical care immediately if you are showing symptoms.
See links below for accredited and useful resources on how to protect yourself and do your bit to curb the spread of the Coronavirus:
- Coronavirus A3 Poster
- South African Tourism Corona Virus Update
- SATSA official Coronavirus update website and resources for the travel industry
Remain calm and stay positive
We are experiencing an uncertain situation and uncertainty can breed fear, we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by panic. Our efforts are best spent by remaining calm, practising personal safety as most cases are mild, and do our best to avoid infection of the old and vulnerable. It is hard to see anyone in the community suffer financial loss or emotional strain. We would like to share our sympathies for our members who have been directly and severely affected by the knock on effect of Coronavirus. We encourage travellers who have already booked a holiday to Grabouw and The Elgin Valley to please postpone their trip rather than cancelling it.
There are many of our businesses that are still open for trade. Elgin Grabouw Tourism will endeavour to continue to post announcements on all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), follow us @ExperienceElgin for updates and news.
As a final word for now, quoted from A letter from the desk of the President published Monday 16th March:
“Let’s stand together and act decisively, with determination and with purpose. We work best as a collective, for it is upon the actions of every South African that the success of our efforts depend”.