President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has by Executive Instrument (EI) 64 extended by another two weeks the ban on public and social gatherings in the country.
This takes effect from 1:00am Monday, April 27.
The president had decreed a ban on all social gathering in his second televised address to the nation on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
It was for a four-week period.
This was extended by two weeks on Sunday, April 12.
In his eighth broadcast to the nation on Sunday, April 26, President Akufo-Addo said there is a consensus to have that measure still in force after engaging a number of stakeholders including leadership of the Christian and Muslim communities.
“The strong consensus that emerged from these and other consultation is that the existing measures must be maintained for now until we have a firm grip on the movement of the virus.
“This consensus is supported by data and science and I am also very much of this view.”
The president, therefore, extended the ban by 14 more days.
Schools will also be shut in this period.
President Akufo-Addo expressed delight in the compliance of his directives by a huge chunk of the populace, particularly commercial drivers, who have had to reduce the number of passengers they carry.
He was also full of praise for supermarkets like Melcom, Palace and Shoprite who have been “excellent” in enforcing social distancing within their settings.
The president, therefore, called on other markets particularly those who trade in the open to emulate them.
He acknowledged the reduced revenues suffered by businesses but maintained that it is better “to sacrifice to defeat this virus”.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana