The Sunyani Municipal Assembly (SMA) on Thursday, March 26 set up a four-member committee to ensure public safety through education and compliance, as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Read full statement below:
Following the earlier press release and the declaration of the outbreak as a public Health Emergency of National Concern, the Sunyani Municipal Assembly wants to assure the Citizens of this Municipality that we are doing all things possible to ensure that we protect the municipality against the virus.
In light of these, the Assembly has formed four (4) committees to ensure public safety through education and compliance.
The committees are:
- Social Mobilization committee
- Co-ordination and finance management committee
- Surveilance, laboratory, logistics and case management committee
4 media committee
In the meantime, we have however, as part of our emergency preparedness and responds; we are and will continue to request the general public to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures which have already outlined in the earlier press release by the Assembly:
Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
In addition we have also assigned our security sub-committee which comprises of the Ghana Army, the Ghana Police and the Ghana Immigration Service to visit and ensure directive compliance of these places in the municipalities starting from today Thursday, March 26, 2020.
These places have been exempted from the ban but they should operate with enhanced hygiene
The Assembly upon meeting the various committees came out with additional measure to be enforced in the municipality
- We request that all children must be indoors, Parents and guardians have to restrict the movement of their children to protect them from contracting the Virus.
It is dangerous to allow minors to hawk and sell on the street; however, we are requesting parents who allow their children to engage in selling to stop in order not to expose them to avoidable dangers.
- Ban on using glass to serve in drinking spots, Bar and Pub (we encourage Disposables)
- Ban on “Traditional pedicure and manicure” (Nigeriens going rounds cutting nails)
- Ban on public Preaching/Public evangelism, this includes visitations of Jehovah Witness (Temporal)
- Ban in all forms of street dance
- Citizens are encourage to report any returnee from foreign country to the Assembly
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
- Every restaurant, chop bar, store, drinking spot, guest house, hotel, salon, etc to have V-Bucket or Alcoholic based hand sanitizer and encourage clients and customers to use it before attending to them
- Limit Social Interactions: The Assembly believes the key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit contact as much as possible.
10 Practice Social Distancing: If you have small meetups, consider hanging out with another who is also taking extra measures to put distance between others (social distancing).
- Revise Birthday Parties and Travel Plans: the Assembly is encouraging citizens to revise birthday parties and travel plans if they included non-essential travel.
- We also encourage those who can run or operate their business from their comfortable homes to do that. Let us all stay home more if we can.
Already these suspensions are still in force: All Conferences, All Political Rallies, All Workshops, All Sporting Event, All Religious Events and All private burials with numbers not exceeding 25