The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has introduced guidelines leading to a successful reopening of the tourism sector to the general public amid COVID-19.
According to GTA, the guidelines is to ensure all stakeholders within the tourism value chain (employees, communities, visitors and others) adhere to the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols as businesses operate again.
“All tourist sites and attractions may apply to the GTA to be allowed to open after they have put in place the precautionary measures. The GTA would inspect such measures before allowing them to operate,” the GTA said in a statement.
The Authority’s measures include: display of ‘no mask, no entry signage’, provision of adequate handwashing apparatus, mandatory checking of temperature, enforced collection of guest contacts, observance of social distancing, display of telephone numbers of health authorities, medical centres at front offices, provision of isolation centres within the tourism facility, regularly disinfecting floors and premises and the designation of additional spacious washrooms
The Authority also noted that the protocols will be updated consistently under the supervision and operational protocals of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Presidential task force on COVID-19.
GTA added that the prepared guidelines have been made available to all tourism enterprises in Ghana and is expected to be enforced by management of businesses across the country and inspected by the regulator.
However, the guidelines also excludes the opening of casinos and indoor drinking bars whose operations have been banned by the Presidential Task Force in the interest of the general public.
CEO of GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, said the guideline is in the best interest of the sector and adhering would offer a safe atmosphere for all.
By Juliana Tamatey, Showbiz writer, Daily Mail GH