COVID-19: Police warn beachgoers to stay off beaches or face arrest

COVID-19: Police warn beachgoers to stay off beaches or face arrest

The Ghana Police Service has given a warning to citizens to stay off all beaches in the country or be arrested.

The warning follows report indicating that some individuals had a field day at some beaches in Accra on Easter Sunday despite the ban on public gatherings and the induced partial lockdown.

In a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, it said:

“In accordance with the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) and consequential orders, the public is to note that gatherings at any beach in Ghana amounts to an offence.”

 

“With the exception of security service personnel or essential service providers whose presence at the beaches may be necessary to provide security or for public safety, all other persons found at any beach from now onward and within the period of imposition on public gatherings or movement will be arrested,” the statement warned.

 

The Police further called on the public to cooperate with the directive to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.

So far, Ghana’s case count of confirmed cases pegs as 566 with eight deaths and four recoveries.

In a bid to combat the virus, the government has imposed a ban on all public gatherings for four weeks which has already seen an extension.

The government also announced a partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi in a bid to win the war against the Coronavirus.

What role has the Ghana Tourism Authority played in the closure of beaches?

Earlier, the Ghana Tourism Authority on March 24, 2020, announced the closure of some beaches in the country as part of efforts to prevent the virus spread and also eliminate all public gatherings at some beaches.

Below is the full statement from the Ghana Police Service.

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