The President of the republic of Ghana,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has affirmed, the directive that cinemas, pubs, and beaches will remain closed,constituting to restrictions espoused to overcome the coronavirus.
He made this statement during his 20th address to the nation, yesterday, December 20, on measures initiated by the government to fight Covid-19.
“Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs remain closed until further notice. All other institutions that have been cleared to function are to continue to do so in strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols,”.These places have been closed since the country was placed under lockdown in March.
With barely a week to the yuletide which bring in its wake family reunions, President Akufo-Addo urged the citizens to err on the side of caution and observe all the Covid-19 safety protocols as they hold their family reunions, parties and many social and religious gatherings.
“The dynamics of the virus has taught us that, if you must host or attend such events, they are best held safely outdoors or in very well-ventilated halls, rather than in closed, air-conditioned spaces.
“Even when organised outdoors, there must be adequate spacing for the maintenance of social distancing. Organisers of such events, public or private, should ensure the presence of ‘Veronica’ buckets, soap and sanitisers, and must insist that patrons use them as frequently as possible,” he stated.
In furtherance, the president cautioned persons with underlying ailments, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic liver disease, and asthma to pay particular attention to their health during the festive season.
“I entreat all persons with underlying ailments, such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic liver disease, and asthma to pay particular attention to their health during the festive season”.
“Indeed, the total number of active cases has reduced marginally from 1,139, as at Friday, 6th November to 946 as at Friday,18th December. Our hospitalisation rates continue to be very low, and our treatment centres are virtually empty. As per data from Ghana Health Service, some regions, at the moment, have no recorded active cases, and long may this continue, Akufo-Addo indicated.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the “country’s borders, by land and sea will also remain closed to human traffic until further notice”.