As of Saturday, December 25, all people who do not wear a nasal mask will not be allowed to access any public transport service in the Greater Accra area.
These people will also not be allowed to access public facilities.
In addition, all beaches in the area must remain closed to the public during Christmas and New Year festivities.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey, who gave the directive, said the decision was part of the measures put in place by the Regional Security Council to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during and after the festivities of Christmas.
He said the decisions were taken at the expanded regional security meeting held today (December 24) to discuss pragmatic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ghana currently has 3,365 active cases of COVID-19, with the total number of cases to date (December 24) of 134,555. So far, 129,921 people have recovered from the disease while 1,269 have died. .
Mr Quartey said the Regional Security Council decided to apply COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Among other things, he urged leaders of religious organizations to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols at their premises.
“We especially implore all churches, where people will gather for Christmas services, to have strict COVID-19 protocols such as wearing a nasal mask, washing hands with running water, using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distancing, ”he said. .
Mr Quartey said the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Greater Accra region was a wake-up call for all people to take their safety seriously.
He pointed out that while Christmas and New Years are worth celebrating, celebrants should not risk their lives by doing so.
Avoid public gatherings
The regional minister urged members of the public to try as much as possible to avoid public gatherings which have served as fertile ground for the spread of the virus.
“If necessary, some social events can be canceled in the interest of personal and public safety,” he said.