As part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the United States of America’s Embassy in Ghana has been shutdown to the public.
According to a circular copied to ABC News, the embassy will not be accessible to the general public for the next two weeks, effective Wednesday March 25, 2020.
The decision, according to the circular is to ensure the safety of American citizens in Ghana, the staff of the embassy and also to comply with the Government of Ghana’s directive to restrict human interactions.
The tentative date given for the reopening of the Embassy is Wednesday, April 8, 2020 which, according to the circular is subject to extension if the conditions prevailing at the time warrant the extension.
“The U.S. Embassy in Accra will be closed to the public for a minimum of two weeks effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until at least Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This period could be extended as circumstances warrant. U.S. Embassy staff will continue to work remotely and will do their utmost to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies to the greatest extent possible under the current circumstances,” portions of the circular read.
It added that “this step is being taken out of an abundance of caution and in order to continue to protect American citizens in Ghana, maintain the safety of the U.S. Embassy staff, and ensure we abide by the government of Ghana’s call for minimum movement to defeat COVID-19.”
Clients of the Embassy who may need emergency service during the period under lockdown are advised to reach out to the embassy by emailing them through ACSAccra@state.gov.