The Minister for Tourism Barbara Oteng Gyasi says she admits the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) made a mistake with announcing the reopening of bars but Ghanaians should forgive them.
The GTA in the early hours of May 13 had directed drinking bars to begin business but observe strict social distancing protocols.
However, after the directive, there were some growing concerns from the public as to why the GTA ordered bars to operate.
Then later that day the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in a breif statement overturned the directive and said the drinking bars will remain closed.
Both the Tourism Ministry and the GTA have received a lot of public backlash as most say they are not cordinating but Ms Oteng Gyasi says even since the ban was put in place they had stuc with it and this little mistake should not result in their cruxifixion.
“Right from the beginning, we placed a ban on all social gatherings. One little mistake should not be a reason to cut off heads”
She also said the Ministry of Tourism have an ongoing project that is aimed at helping small businesses in this era where COVID-19 has affected the economy.
“The tourism and hospitality industry will be supported duly. We (Tourism sector) have an ongoing project that will support small businesses,” she said on Joy FM.
President Akufo-Addo of Ghana has extended the ban on public gathering, including religious activities, festivals and funerals till the end of May.
“So, during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings such as holding of conferences, workshops, parties, night clubs, drinking spots, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, sporting events. All educational facilities private and public, remain closed,” he said in his ninth address.