Play Africa will temporarily close in response to COVID-19

Play Africa will suspend all planned programming and public events

16 March 2020

Acting with an abundance of caution to protect the health of visitors, employees, and the community at large, Play Africa, Johannesburg’s children’s museum based at Constitution Hill, has announced the decision to close to the public through April 14.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of national disaster and has called for the public to unite in an urgent response to stop the spread of the virus. Play Africa’s executive team will continue to take guidance from South African authorities, and will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the quickly evolving situation.

Although there is no known case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Play Africa, suspending all planned programmes and closing our doors to the public will promote the “social distancing” necessary to slow the spread of the virus. School visits and other education programs scheduled during the closure will be postponed until a later date when operations resume.

“In response to President Ramaphosa’s call for all stakeholders to come together at our most critical ‘Thuma Mina’ moment, we have taken this proactive step to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus,’ said Play Africa CEO Gretchen Wilson-Prangley. “We stand united to take immediate, pre-emptive action to ensure the protection of children, families and educators.”

Play Africa staff will be working remotely on future program development. Staff will strive leverage online platforms to remain connected to communities across South Africa, providing resources that can help them through this crisis.

“By putting in place these precautionary measures today, we are ensuring families will soon return to Play Africa knowing that we prioritise our visitors’ safety. As a dynamic, fully inclusive cultural institution serving children and families in our community, we want everyone to have joyful and healthy experiences at Play Africa for many years to come.”

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