After the president’s 7th address to the nation yesterday (19th
April, 2020), one topic that has received huge attention is the
suspension of the three weeks long lockdown. This announcement has been
welcomed with varying and different opinions among the general public.
A day after this declaration, Greater Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa is back
to the street. According to reports, business within these towns have
bounced back to their usual vibrancy. Petty traders, shop owners, commercial vehicles; taxis and trotros are all in full operation with vehicular traffic already building up in some areas.
Market women have already flooded road pavements with drivers also
remaking their lost profits as they fully load passengers. The directive
of social distancing protocol seems to be lost as normal life is lived
within abnormal times.
According to the President, the ease of
restrictions was in view of the country’s ability to undertake
aggressive contact tracing of infected persons among others.
President Akufo-Addo in his address however, indicated that other
restrictions such as the one on public gatherings are still in place.
He urged Ghanaians to wear face masks everywhere they go and strictly
adhere to the various COVID-19 prevention protocols including
handwashing and social distancing.