President lifts ban on restrictions of movement


President Akufo-Addo has lifted the ban on restrictions on movement in the areas where lockdown was imposed three weeks ago.

The decision, the President noted, is due to the rigorous exercise the country has undertaken to conduct aggressive contacts tracing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

“In view of our ability to undertake aggressive contact tracing of infected persons, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion in the numbers of our treatment and isolation centres, our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus, the ramping up of our domestic capacity to produce our own personal protective equipment, sanitisers and medicines, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi, and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable, I have taken the decision to lift the three (3) week old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and its contiguous districts, with effect from 1am on Monday, 20th April.”

He said this in his 7th address on measures taken against the spread of Covid-19.

He also indicated that all other earlier directives such as suspension of public gatherings is still in effect.

“In here, I am 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 workplaces can continue to operate, observing staff management and workplace protocols with the view to achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols,” he added.  

The President also directed that all borders remain closed for two more weeks.

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