The following sections within the central business district of Takoradi will also be affected by the closure:
a. Entire Market Circle
b. Ebirewfomu Second-Hand Shoe and Cloth Market
c. Old Axim Station Market (excluding the Taxi Terminal)
d. Behind All Saints Anglican Church Second-Hand Shoe and Cloth Market
The closure also forms part of the measures put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 in the metropolitan area and as such all special market-days have temporarily been suspended across the metropolitan area.
In a statement, the Sekondi-Takoradi Metro and the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assemblies noted that the Presidential directives to suspend all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, and sporting events are still in force.
While the markets remained closed the leadership of various markets will be engaged to introduce shift systems using colors when the markets are reopened.
Whereas the Takoradi market will run three shifts (i.e. red, yellow, and green), Sekondi, Kojokrom, and Effiakuma Number 9 Markets will run two shifts (i.e. red and yellow).
Operators or managers of public places have also been directed to visibly display notices of ‘No Face Mask, No Entry’ at the frontage of their premises.
The leadership of commercial transport operators has been encouraged to ensure that their drivers and passengers wear face masks and observe social or physical distancing.
While motorbike riders have been reminded not to pick any passenger.
The Western Region has become the new hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Wednesday, 27 May 2020, the region had recorded 344 COVID-19 cases.