The Ghana Police Service has issued a warning to the general public stating that all access to beaches during this period of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is prohibited.
It can be recalled that the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) on March 23, 2020, ordered the closure of all beaches nationwide as a precautionary measure against the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) in line with the directive from government suspending all public gatherings.
In an interesting but irresponsible turn of events on Sunday, April 12, 2020, some residents of Chorkor, a suburb of Accra defied the directive and the lockdown protocol imposed by the government in the Metropolis to go swimming at the beach to celebrate the Easter.
A subsequent release from the Ghana Police has indicated that flouting the lockdown rules to go to the beach will amount to an offense.
“In accordance with the imposition of Restrictions Act 2020 (Act 1012) and consequential orders, the public is to note that gathering at any beach in Ghana amounts to an offense”, the statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs for the Police Service, Superintendent Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman said.
It added, “With the exemption 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 Police administration thereby encourages the general public to cooperate with the Police and other Security Services to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the country”.