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Drinking bars remain closed: Tourism Ministry reverses GTA order

The Tourism Minister has countered a circular issued by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) authorizing drinking bars to start operating alongside food chains and restaurants.

The GTA on Monday, May 11, said hotels can operate sit-in as well as pick-up and delivery services while also observing the safety protocols.

It added, “Drinking bars can operate while observing appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.

“In all situations, hospitality facilities should observe the staff management and workplace protocols and precautionary measures on public gatherings with the view of achieving social distancing and hygiene protocols as spelt out in the Imposition of Restrictions (coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic) Instrument, 2020 (EI64).”

But a statement signed by the Tourism Minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi said drinking bars would have to remain closed.

It reemphasized that night clubs are not part of the easing directive and would also remain closed.

“The public is to note that this circular supersedes the one issued by the Regulator,” the Minister’s statement said on Wednesday.

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