President Nana Akufo-Addo has imposed restrictions on movement in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions of Ghana as part of measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus which has killed four people in Ghana so far out of some one hundred thirty-seven patients of which two have recovered.
The President said in his fourth national address to the nation on Friday night that: “This, in essence, means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks”.
“However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions or to use public toilet facilities. But as much as possible, stay at home”.
“There shall be”, the President noted, “during this period, no intercity movement of vehicles and aircraft for private or commercial purposes for the areas affected by the restrictive measures except for vehicles and aircraft providing essential services and those carrying cargo. Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to carry any additional person and all intracity passenger vehicles such as trotros and taxis must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols. Additionally, all commercial vehicle stations shall observe appropriate hygiene protocols and social distancing”.
He also said markets are to ensure social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols.
Affected areas in Greater Accra
In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
1. Accra Metropolis;
2. Tema Metropolis;
3. Tema West Municipality;
4. Ledzokuku Municipality;
5. Krowor Municipality;
6. Adentan Municipality;
7. Ashiaman Municipality;
8. La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality;
9. La-Dade-Kotopon Municipality;
10. Okaikwei North Municipality;
11. Ablekuma North Municipality;
12. Ablekuma West Municipality;
13. Ablekuma Central Municipality;
14. Ayawaso East Municipality;
15. Ayawaso North Municipality;
16. Ayawaso West Municipality;
17. Ayawaso Central Municipality
18. Ga West Municipality;
19. Ga North Municipality;
20. Ga Central Municipality;
21. Ga South Municipality;
22. Ga East Municipality;
23. Korle-Klottey Municipality;
24. Weija/Gbawe Municipality;
25. Kpone Katamanso Municipality; and
26. Awutu Senya East Municipality.
Affected areas in Kumasi
In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, the following areas are affected:
1. Kumasi Metropolis;
2. Asokwa Municipality;
3. Suame Municipality;
4. Old Tafo Municipality;
5. Oforikrom Municipality;
6. Asokore Mampong Municipality;
7. Kwadaso Municipality;
8. Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality;
9. Kwabre East Municipality;
10. Ejisu Municipality;
11. Afigya-Kwabre South District;
12. Bosomtwi District;
13. Atwima Kwanwoma District; and
14. Atwima Nwabiagya North District
Services exempted from 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;
- Staff of VALCO;
- Road and railway construction workers;
- Mining workers;
- Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
- Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers; and
- Staff of fuel stations.
Even though the President left out the media as one of those exempted from the lockdown, his Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah later in his twitter message indicated that the media is exempted.
See his Twitter message below;
@NAkufoAddo has just completed his address to the nation on updated covid-19 measures. For the avoidance of doubt, the media is included in services exempted from the restrictions. The legal instruments that give full effect to H.E.’s address will include the media.
— Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (@konkrumah) March 27, 2020