To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic disease major tourist sites and some hospitality centres have been temporarily closed to visitors and tourists alike effective Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Among the sites are Ghana’s largest national park, the Mole National Park, and Mognori Eco Village, Mystery Stone, Salaga Slave Museum and also Zaina Lodge among others.
A letter signed by Bernard Asamoah-Boateng, the acting Executive Director of Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission and addressed to the tourism managers directed that all protected areas whose visitation can lead to overcrowding and thereby, endangering the lives of staff, tourists and the community should be closed down temporarily.
Mole Park’s Manager, Mahama Ali confirmed there was a request from the Chief Executive of Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission to close down the tourism sites in the regions to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
The Park Manager however, disclosed that staff would still be active on the ground with intensive anti-poaching patrols, cautioning encroachers and poachers to stay away from the park.
“We are officially closing down the park in-line with a national directive. Our staff would however still be very active on the ground with intensive patrols, so encroachers must stay away from the park,” he said.
The Northern Regional Marketing Manager for Ghana Tourism Authority, Kennis Ateere also told the B&FT that management have been embarking on-route supervision to ensure that all operators within the hospitality industry comply with the directives in providing the Veronica bucket of water, soap and the hand sanitizers.
He said the Authority would make sure all tourism that have been asked to closed for a while are done to avoid any spread of the diseases.