Services of the Ayalolo buses have temporarily come to a halt following the social distancing protocol and partial lockdown announced by the President in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The lockdown has affected areas such as Accra, Kumasi, Kasoa and Tema which are currently four days into a two-week partial lockdown because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), the bus is currently taking 25 passengers instead of the initial 89 in line as a result of adhering to the new public gathering advisories issued by the government and the health ministry.
In other areas such as the Kinbu bus terminal in Accra showed an empty terminal with only security personnel and few buses on site.
In an interview with the Public Relations Officer of GAPTE, Fred Tsidi, he said his outfit was currently awaiting a response from the Transport Ministry before they deciding on their next line of action.
“Because of social distancing, we have decided not to take full capacity. Now you know that for 25 passengers, the revenue stream would be less.”
“What we did was to make a proposal to the Ministry of transport. They requested to see revenue projections to see how much money will be generated from 25 passengers.
“We are not working this morning but the truth is that our buses, drivers and all personnel are all on standby waiting for the signal to get back on the road but as we speak right now, we have not heard anything. We are just waiting,” Mr. Tsidi explained.