“Adhere To Social Distancing, Observe Safety Protocols” – President Warns Statutory Bodies
President Akufo-Addo has sent a strong warning some constitutional and statutory bodies whose activities were exempted from the outset of restrictions to ensure they adhere to safety protocols in their line of duty.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the warning forms as part of measures of reducing the spread of the deadly novel virus amongst the citizenry in the country.
In his 10th address to the nation on measures taken against spread of coronavirus in the country, he said “The constitutional and statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE,) and the National Identification Authority (NIA), must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing safety protocols safety protocols”
President Akufo-Addo added that places such as market, work and public transport must also take a cue from the constitutional and statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education and the National Identification Authority, whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols.
He explained that whilst the country steps up public education of the protocols on public gatherings, adding that regulatory agencies will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with these rules, and the security services will be tasked to enforce them.
He reminded the citizenry that should any institution fail to adhere to these directives, its activity will be immediately prohibited, and relevant sanctions applied.
“I have, by Executive Instrument, provided for these new directions, and extended the suspension of the remaining public gatherings, as set out in E.I. 64 of 15th March, until 31st July” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo confirmed that , he has refered to the suspension of sporting events, nightclubs, cinemas, drinking spots, bars, beaches, festivals, funerals, political rallies, and large religious gatherings such as crusades, pilgrimages and conventions.
He emphasised that private burials, can now have a maximum of one hundred (100) persons at its grounds.
He stressed that restaurants providing seated services, can operate under appropriate social distancing arrangements and hygiene protocols.
“Individual, non-contact sports can go ahead. Conferences, workshops, weddings, and political activities, except rallies, can now take place, but with limited numbers not exceeding one hundred (100) persons present, with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols” he said.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith