As every country is finding ways to protect its inhabitants against the global coronavirus pandemic, the President of Ghana has also announced measures and directives to be followed by each resident of the country as seven cases has been confirmed.

Some of the directives include the closure of all schools, i.e, Senior High Schools and Basic Schools (both public and private) and universities in Ghana for the next four weeks.

But pre-tertiary students who have already registered for basic and secondary school exams will be allowed to attend revision classes.

“BECE [Basic Education Certificate Examination] and WASSCE [West African Secondary School Certificate Examination] candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations but with the required social distancing protocols,” the President said.

He further asked school authorities to ensure that these classes are conducted in hygienic conditions with appropriate social distancing between attendees.

Again, all public gatherings which include conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious events such as services in churches and mosques are also suspended for the next four weeks. However, the President said, private funerals will be permitted if there are no more than 25 people in attendance.

Travel advisory

Government of Ghana has announced a travel advisory which discourages all travels to the country until further notice. The Ministry of Information said commencing Tuesday, March 17, 2020, any traveler who, within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of persons infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, would not be permitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction, except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with a Ghana residence permit.

The Government has also instructed airlines not to allow such persons to embark; and also urged border posts not permit such travelers into their jurisdiction.

There would also be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. However, persons who are found not to be unable to satisfactorily self-isolate would be quarantined by the State.

The Ministry further stated that any admissible traveler, who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 would be quarantined and tested upon reaching Ghana.

We advise all our tenants at Green Views to take these directives seriously.