Accra Metro observes restriction of movement order

Accra, March 30, GNA – Some streets of Accra were with less activity on Monday with few pedestrians, commercial and private cars, as the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area observed the restriction of movement directive announced by the President.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Friday imposed “Restriction of Movement” order on Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa, as part of measures to control the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

On Monday, from around 0100 hours, the Ghana News Agency observed calm and less busy streets with few moving cars.

However, some roads had been blocked by the “Operation COVID Safety” team led by security agencies to strictly enforce the restriction of movement directive.

In the early mornings, at around the 0600 hours, areas and streets around Lapaz and the George Walker Bush highway which are usually busy with traders, movement of commercial and private vehicles and passengers were quiet and less busy.

The GNA monitoring team also noticed that most commercial vehicles even though struggling to get passengers were also observing the passenger spacing directive from their respective unions.

It was also observed that the streets of the Kwame Nkrumah circle were not different in terms business.
The monitoring team noted that people found on the streets of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle were those going to work from exempted institutions or exempted persons trading in food, and also people living on the streets.

The GNA also observed that areas like in Abossey Okai, Lapaz and some traffic lights within Accra Central business areas had some security personnel especially Police and Military, inspecting vehicles to ensure that spacing and social distancing protocols were adhere to.

The GNA team also observed that some security personnel had been deployed in moving vehicles within residential communities to ensure that people were ‘staying at home’ or not moving around.

The GNA team in an interaction with some members of the public, discovered that among the people on some streets were those going to seek services such as purchase of electricity units, food, drugs at pharmacies and those carrying out mobile money transactions.

It was observed generally that a good number of people had observed the restriction of movement directives.