The Buffalo City Metro safety and security operations are being intensified to ensure that as a Coronavirus hotspot area, the City’s businesses adheres to lockdown regulations.

This is the reason why the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality together with its safety and security cluster responded to allegations of flaunting of regulations against an East London butchery on Thursday, 02 July 2020. 
The site inspection was prompted by Facebook post that had been circulating claiming that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and even after disclosing to the employer, the regulations were allegedly not followed to the latter.
The Municipality’s Covid-19 Command Centre receives weekly statistics on operations from the Health and Public Safety work stream on the conducted operations by Law Enforcement, SAPS, Traffic and SANDF, District Health, Department of Labour, Municipal Health Services and Disaster Management & Fire and Rescue.
The team inspected the premises and met with the management of the business and also spoke to employees. A preliminary report on the findings will be submitted to the Command Centre, whilst the business is expected to rectify the compliance issues that were picked up. Further investigations are still continuing regarding the alleged incident.
As part of Lockdown Level 3 enforcement, six salons were closed down for being non-compliant and not ensuring that staff and customers wear masks, that they screen everyone and the staff as well as enforce social distance.
The Municipality’s Covid-19 Command Centre also received statistics from the SAPS on executions from 21-24 June 2020:
• 108 Vehicle Stop and Searches
• 227 Persons Searched
• 7 Shopping Malls Visited
• 142 Spaza shops visited
• 42 ATM/Banks Visited
• 3 Mosques Visited
• 160 Liquor outlets Visited (all in compliance)
• 37 Schools visited
As more businesses begin to operate under Lockdown Level 3, we call on all them to exercise caution, ensure that staff and customers wear masks, that they screen everyone and enforce social distance.
We also call on alcohol selling establishments to adhere to all the strict Disaster Management Act regulations.
We further call on the people of Buffalo City not to compromise on their safety and alert law enforcement authorities whenever there are transgressions.
AS AT 25 JUNE 2020, the BCM Covid-19 Command Centre updates that in Buffalo City there are 4 856 Confirmed cases, 2 696 Recoveries, 2 099 Active Cases and the death toll is 61.
For any Covid-19 related matters call the hotline on 0800 029 999, Say 'Hi' to WhatsApp 0600 123 456.
Issued by BCM Communications