GTA moves to close beaches after some operators flouted directive

The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), has moved to closed down some beaches in Accra as part of measure to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

A joint team of officials from the GTA, National Security and the Ghana Police Service Swat Unit executed the enforcement, which was a follow up to directives issued earlier by GTA, ordering the closure of all beaches in the country; which some operators flouted.

The team paid unannounced visit to some popular beaches in Accra to ensure compliance. They included La Pleasure and Laboma Beaches at Labadi, Nordsee and Feehi Valley Beaches at Korle-Gonno, Shining Beach, Sango Beach and Shushu Beach Resort. Some of the beaches where operating, while others where closed.

On the drive along the corridors of the Sakumono to Tema road, it was observed that, most of the beaches were already locked up. At the Titanic Beach, on the same stretch, which was inundated with people last weekend, officers of the authority entreated mangers of the facility not to admit revelers.

The CEO of the GTA, Akwasi Agyeman, stated that the exercise was to sensitize the operators of the beaches and the public on the illegality of patronizing these places as government continues to work to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.

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“The directive if flouted is an upfront to the laws of the land. Today we cautioned those who we met operating but when we visit again and we find them still flouting the law they will be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

“We are all in this together and the mangers of these beaches must know that they are putting a lot of lives in danger if they don’t adhere to the directives.  We are not leaving anything to chance, that is why we are out today to ensure full compliance. We are also using the opportunity to talk to the public about ways to protect themselves from the virus” Mr. Agyeman told the media.

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