The Ghana Police Service has warned all persons who have earmarked to spend their holidays at the beaches to stay away or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
The warning from the Ghana Police Authorities comes after reports were made of hundreds of persons believed to have had a field day at some beaches in Accra on Easter Sunday despite the public gathering ban imposed by the president in order to curb the spread of the virus.
A press statement from the Ghana Police Service and signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman explain that;
“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 excepton 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.”
Further, the statement called on all citizens to cooperate with the restrictions in order to curb the virus’sspread in the country.
In an effort to control the spread of the virus, the president imposed a partial lockdown in some parts of the country as well as ban public gatherings of more than 25 people in attendance.
Ghana has so far recorded 566 cases, 8 deaths , 2 in critical conditions with underlying health issues and 4 recoveries.