Ban on beaches lifted but patrons must show proof of vaccination or be vaccinated at entry points

Ada Foah Beach in Ghana

Holiday revellers can now enjoy beaches once again as the ban placed on gatherings at beaches by the Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has been lifted in the capital.

The closure of the beaches was a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19

Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Security Council, Henry Quartey while briefing the press said though the ban has been lifted, there is a need for beach operators to ensure that patrons show proof of vaccination or be vaccinated at the beaches while enforcing the Covid-19 safety protocols.

“Following the reports of the representative of the Ghana Health Service, REGSEC decided that the beaches be closed before and during the festivities. But we have reviewed the decision that was taken. It has been decided by REGSEC jointly with the GHS that operators of the various beaches in the Greater Accra Region can go back and do business on the condition that people who patronize the beaches showed proof of vaccination or will be vaccinated at the point of entry. We pray that the operators will abide by this new directive and abide by the Covid-19 protocols at the beaches”, the Regional Minister said.

As of now, the REGSEC has collaborated with the Ghana Health Service to mount vaccination posts at the various beaches to see to the implementation of this latest arrangement.

Some beach operators assured that adequate measures will be put in place to ensure compliance with the directive.

There is strict enforcement of Covid-19 safety protocols in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus following a spike in daily infections.

Some of the measures include persons without nose masks, would be prevented from boarding commercial vehicles and as well be punished according to law.

Health authorities are worried that the Greater Accra Region is recording high numbers of Covid-19 positive cases in recent times. It said the region is currently carrying about 90% of the country’s burden of active cases.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh


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