The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) has asked for all tourism, including local citizens, to postpone their trips to the province.

“The agency encourages all visitors that have booked a stay to postpone their visit to a later date within the next 12 months,” said CEO of ECPTA, Vuyani Dayimani, in a media statement.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic had had a severe impact on both the global and national economy.

“The economic knock-on effect is being felt across the tourism industry with widespread cancellations and subsequent disruption to anticipated revenues.”

He also asked those in the tourism sector to consider innovative ways of amending cancellation policies to accommodate tourists who could not travel during this period.

“ECPTA also implores the people of the Eastern Cape to adhere to precautions that include hygiene and social distancing guidelines during this challenging time and wish the citizens of the country and province well as we enter this uncharted territory.”

As of March 23, the Eastern Cape has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.