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Cape Town Opens Streets for Safer, Open-Air Dining

14 December 2021

The City of Cape Town has announced an important innovation aimed at helping diners feel safer, and to help local restaurants through this summer.

Starting on 18 December 2021, Cape Town will close certain streets to vehicles and open them for pedestrians and diners only, so allowing restaurants to use the street space for more safe, outdoor seating.

“Whilst we cannot help every restaurant, we hope this innovation will make a positive difference in the lives of many hospitality workers,” said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

On December 18, street closures will be in effect in Bree Street between Hout and Wale from 14h00 to 23h00.

Twenty eateries will take part in this safe, unique dining experience, and live music entertainment will be announced.

“I look forward to being there, and hope that you will ‘Bree there, or be square,” said Mayor Hill-Lewis.

In the weeks thereafter, this safer dining innovation will expand to other streets too including Harrington and Long. Details of all road closures and participating streets will be announced.

“After a Capetonian called Richard Holmes (@onanotherplane) contacted me on Twitter with this helpful idea, we set about making it happen,” said Mayor Hill-Lewis.

“Our events team has worked quickly to arrange it, and they’ve delivered a great line-up of safe, socially-distanced evenings of open-air dining in Cape Town’s streets. We know the impact that Covid has had on Cape Town businesses and the thousands of Capetonians they employ. Innovative thinking is needed to help get our economy through this wave, and we are committed to doing what we can.”

The City centre has always been a hub for entertainment, food and culture and we hope to rejuvenate this, added Mayor Hill-Lewis.

“We encourage residents to support the local restaurant trade while staying safe this summer.”