Drinking bars can’t open - Tourism Ministry overturns GTA’s order

Drinking bars can’t open - Tourism Ministry overturns GTA’s order

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture has invalidated the directive by the Ghana Tourism Authority, directing drinking spots to start full operation.

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The GTA on Wednesday, May 13 announced that hotels, drinking bars, and other such facilities can operate. This directive was a direct contraction to President Akufo-Addo’s ban on public gathering.

The GTA in a statement noted that it has outlined guidelines to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus disease as the hospitality industry reopens.

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But hours after the Ministry in charge of the Ghana Tourism Authority also issued a statement asking the public to disregard the earlier directive.

The Minister of Tourism Barbara Oteng-Gyasi said in a statement issued on May 13, that “drinking bars remain closed… the public is to note that this circular supersedes the one issued by the regulator.”

Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVID-19 case count went up further by 281, sending the total to 5,408 positive cases as of May 13, 2020.

The Ghana Health Service also stated that the death toll has also increased to 24 after two more patients passed on.

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The recoveries also increased to 514.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that COVID-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope.

The Ghana Health Service has also named areas considered as hotspots in the country.

At a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Aboagye, said the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions have the most cases and they also have all the COVID-19 hotspots.

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Source: Yen Ghana

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