Businesses within Accra and Kumasi have bounced back to their usual vibrancy a few hours after President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the lifting of a partial ban imposed on the two areas.
A morning tour by Citi News’ teams found that many shop owners had begun opening their shops while traders thronged the various markets to sell their wares.
Commercial vehicles; taxis and trotros were also in full operation with vehicular traffic already building up in some areas.
At the Adabraka market, Caleb Kudah reported that many traders had arrived at the market at dawn to trade.
The pavements around the market as at 6:00 am had already been occupied by some traders who seated closely to each other.
At the Ashaiman Atadeka market, Elvis Washington said many people have thronged the market with nearby shops opened and already conducting business.
According to him, there is already vehicular traffic in the area as more commercial vehicles, popularly known as trotro have taken to the road.
He said commercial vehicles were fully loaded with passengers in breach of the social distancing rule.
Elvis Washington also observed that most people were not wearing face masks as a protective gear.
In the Ashanti Regional capital, Citi News’ Hafiz Tijani said life appears to be returning to normalcy as many people were seen jogging closely together on the streets.
He reported that some people were heavily involved in the sale of face masks.
President Akufo-Addo in a televised broadcast on Sunday, April 19, 2020 lifted the partial lockdown on some parts of the country which was necessitated by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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