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Covid-19: Ghana reopens drinking spots, tourist sites as it eases restrictions

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday evening announced the reopening of tourist sites and drinking spots.

But restrictions still remain on pubs, nightclubs and cinemas which are to remain closed.

These latest measures are part of further easing of restrictions meant to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In consultation with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the health experts, I’m announcing the reopening of our nation’s tourist sites and attractions so they can begin to receive visitors.

Open-air drinking spots can now function. The management of these facilities are thus to enforce enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocol,” he said.
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President Akufo Addo however said that “Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs, however, remain closed until further notice”.

The tourism and hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit since restrictions were imposed to fight the pandemic.

Ghana has also eased other restrictions on places of worships with the cap of 100 worshipers per an hour session now lifted.

“From 1st August, 2020, the restrictions on the number of congregants worshipping at a time in Church will be lifted, with the length of worship extended from one (1) to two (2) hours per service,” he said.
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Commercial vehicles are now to now take full passenger capacity which means observing social distancing will no longer be operational in such vehicles.

Ghana is still one of the leading countries in Africa with high Covid-19 infections with tally now exceeding 30,000.

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