The Hermanus Traffic Department on the corner of Short & Mussel Street, Hermanus, was temporarily closed today for deep cleaning of the facility after a municipal staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

All traffic related transactions in Hermanus have been suspended for today (19 June) and tomorrow (20 June). The Hermanus Traffic Department will reopen at 08:00 on Monday 22 June 2020.

We would like to reassure the members of the public who visited the offices of the traffic department earlier in the week that they would not have come in contact with the staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected staff member is not part of the team who handles driver licence renewals or registration/licensing of motor vehicles. The relevant official is working at the Roadworthy Testing Centre at the back of the facility, and is currently self-isolating.

The appropriate safety protocols and workplace safety procedures were observed at all times while testing vehicles for roadworthiness.

In addition, all municipal buildings, workshops and offices are disinfected by the Disaster Management team on a weekly basis. Routine cleaning and sanitising of all offices and open spaces such as toilets and kitchens are done twice a day.

The Provincial Department of Health is responsible for the contract tracing to find any persons the official may have been in contact with outside the workplace, and the municipality is assisting the health practitioners where possible.