The MEC ordered everyone at the lodge, including staff, to be isolated for two weeks from Monday. Health department officials were testing staff for the virus.
“The quarantine period is 14 days. Our 14 days starts as we speak.”
She said premier Oscar Mabuyane had initiated talks with Germany's SA diplomat, Martin Schäfer, over evacuating the tourists.
“The only thing that can happen is for them to get out of our province in an agreeable manner or remain quarantined here until we are assured they are all well. We are awaiting the premier's interactions with the German ambassador,” Gomba said.
The provincial government is encouraging a travel ban on people from high-risk countries. These include Germany, US, Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, China, France and Italy.
Finance, economic affairs and tourism MEC Mlungisi Mvoko said: “Visitors from the high-risk countries should no longer be accepted by the Eastern Cape tourism sector. The travel ban also includes travellers from medium-risk countries like Portugal, Hong Kong and Singapore, which will be subject to intense health screening.
“It is against this background that I am requesting the Eastern Cape tourism sector not to take bookings from visitors from high-risk countries,” said Mvoko.