Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has announced a lockdown of some parts of the country effective 1 am Monday (March 30, 2020) due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The lockdown which will affect Accra, Kumasi, Kasoa and Tema.
In his fourth address to the nation on developments of the COVID-19 in Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo said “people in the affected areas must stay at home in the next two weeks. If you must go out, it should be to get essentials, go to the bank or to use a public toilet.”
President Akufo-Addo added that “only persons involved in the food value chain can operate in the market areas”.
Explaining the decision, President Akufo-Addo is to help curb the spread of the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) which has led to four deaths and infected some 137 people.
Highlights of the address
President Akufo-Addo announced that effective Monday, 30th March, 2020 at 1 am under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012), there will be restrictions on the movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA, which include Awutu Senya East ), and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, for a period of two (2) weeks or 14 days subject to review.
2. In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
-Awutu Senya East
3. In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area the following areas are affected:
*Atwima Nwabiagya North
This means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks or 14 days, However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, water, medicine, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at, home.
5. There shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircraft for private or commercial purposes for the areas of the restrictive measures, except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo.
6.-Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to carry any additional person, and all intra-city passenger vehicles, such as trotros and taxis, must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.
7. All commercial vehicle stations shall observe appropriate hygiene protocols and social distancing.
8.Individuals and institutions providing the following services shall be exempted from the restrictions:
-Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;
-Production, distribution and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages.
-Environmental and sanitation activities;
-Road and Railway
-Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
-The staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers; and
-Fuel stations staff.