Rosebank moves to Lockdown Level 1
South Africa’s national response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its rules regarding lockdown restrictions have a ‘phased approach’ which aim to allow the country to slowly and safely emerge from lockdown.
On September 16, 2020 the President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move down to a Level 1 lockdown, which came into force on Monday September 20.
Under Level 1 a curfew remains in place (from midnight until 4am) but restrictions on events have now been widened. Venues are now allowed to accommodate 50% of their normal capacity (up to 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings), meaning that festivals, events, theatre shows and other cultural events are slowly making a return at last. Furthermore, on October 1 South Africa’s borders will finally reopen again to the world.
As the country moves down to Level 1 we have been delighted to see that even more Rosebank businesses are safely reopening this month, particularly hotels who were among the first businesses to be affected by the crisis.
Rosebank hotels open to visitors
Visitors to Joburg now have a great choice of places to stay in Rosebank. The Clico Boutique Hotel, The Residency on Jellicoe Avenue and The Winston boutique hotel on Tottenham Avenue have all now reopened. Visitors looking to stay at a serviced apartment can choose from The Capital on Bath at 72 Bath Avenue or the Home From Home group’s apartments at The Tyrwhitt and The Vantage on Tyrwhitt Avenue.
The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, Holiday Inn Rosebank, 54 on Bath, Courtyard Hotel Rosebank and Southern Sun Rosebank hotels still remain closed for the time being.
The open-top City Sightseeing bus returns
As of September 24 the famous open-top City Sightseeing red bus has again resumed operations. The bus returns with a new route and ‘hop-on stay-on’ format that begins in Rosebank. Tickets can be bought from the booking office at The Zone@Rosebank for the new combined tour route that travels through the treed suburbs of Parkwood and Parktown to Constitution Hill. At Constitution Hill the bus then continues on the classic ‘Red City’ tour route, making a stop halfway at Gold Reef City before returning again to Rosebank.
The tour takes approximately one hour 45 minutes and will be operating every Saturday. Find out more and book your tickets online at citysightseeing.co.za/en.
A new twice-monthly Car Boot Sale at Rosebank Sunday Market
The popular Rosebank Sunday Market has steadily gained strength again after closing during the early months of the nationwide lockdown. The market on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall has returned to its usual trading hours – open every Sunday from 9am to 4pm – and also now hosts a regular Car Boot Sale on the third and last Sunday of every month.
No appointments needed at Everard Read and Circa art galleries
Top contemporary art galleries Everard Read and Circa at Keyes Art Mile have returned to their regular operating hours, after opening partially on an appointment-only basis.
There is now need to book in advance, walk-ins are welcome to come and explore the latest exhibitions at the two galleries from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Live music is back at Katzy’s
Live music has returned to the Katzy’s jazz bar at The Grillhouse in The Firs. The bar hosts live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm on a sit-down basis (it is recommended to book in advance as space is limited!). A cover charge of R100 per person applies and there is a smart casual dress code. No under 25s are allowed and the venue closes at 11.30pm. For bookings call 011 880 3945.