13 March 2020 – President announces 4-week ban of public gatherings and school lockdowns, businesses and workplaces still open

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Executive Office
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing schools; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations, Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus response

Overview: The president announced the first 6 cases of COVID–19 in Ghana. These were all reported as imported cases. the following directives were given: 1. All public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks. Private burials are permitted, but with limited numbers, not exceeding twenty-five (25) in attendance; 2. All Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e. public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March, 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes. However, BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations, but with prescribed social distancing protocols; 3. The Government of Ghana’s Travel Advisory issued earlier today should be observed as announced; 4. Businesses and other workplaces can continue to operate, but should observe prescribed social distancing between patrons and staff; 5. Establishments, such as supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, night clubs, hotels and drinking spots, should observe enhanced hygiene procedures by providing, amongst others, hand sanitizers, running water and soap for washing of hands; 6. The Ministry of Transport should work with the transport unions and private and public transport operators to ensure enhanced hygienic conditions in all vehicles and terminals, by providing, amongst others, hand sanitizers, running water and soap for washing of hands; and 7. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development should co-ordinate, with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, measures to enhance conditions of hygiene in markets across the country.
Full details here: http://www.presidency.gov.gh/index.php/briefing-room/speeches/1535-president-akufo-addo-addresses-nation-on-measures-taken-by-gov-t-to-combat-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)