President Akufo-Addo was unequivocal in his statement that, the lifting of the partial lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa does not mean we letting our guard down. All other measures are firmly in place and have not been relaxed.
“In here, I’m referring to the suspension of all public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, political rallies, religious activities and sporting events. All educational facilities, private and public are to remain closed, Businesses and other work places can continue to operate, observing staff management and work place protocols with a view to achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols”, he added.
To the operators of public transport including buses, trotros and taxis, the president said that they are to continue to run with a minimum number of passengers as they have been doing for the last three (3) weeks in maintaining social distancing. “They must also continue to ensure the maintenance of enhanced hygiene conditions in vehicles and terminals amongst others; hand sanitizers, running water and soap for washing of hands. Domestic airlines are required to adhere to the same protocols”, he added.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development together with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies will continue to implement measures to enhance conditions of hygiene in Markets across the country and enhance the measure of altenate-days-for-altenate-products to improve social distancing in all markets.
“As has been established, the overwhelming majority of confirmed cases have come from travellers or from people who come into contact with travellers. It is therefore incumbent on us to be vigilant about travelers into our country until further notice, and to congratulate the men and women of the Immigration Service and the Marine Police Unit for their work in securing our bothers. I have thus signed an Executive Instrument to extend the closure of our bothers for two (2) more weeks, beginning Monday, 20th April”, the President said.
He continued, “Like the World Health Organisation has advised, I want to encourage you to wear a mask anywhere you go, as it will help you not to contract the virus and keep it clean. If you own a business or are providing a service, i.e a Barbar, a hairdresser, a tailor, a taxi driver, a trotro driver and his ‘mate’, a shop keeper, a food seller, please do well to use mask. The Ministry of Health will soon issue guidelines on face mask for public use”.
President Akufo-Addo entreated religious, traditional, community, and opinion leaders to partner with government in enagaing, mobilizing, enforcing social distancing and personal hygiene practice in their respective communities and urged persons who have lost their love ones to bury them as the morgues are becoming full. See the image below!