The Bank of Ghana has asked all financial institutions in the country to keep operating but with minimum staff to provide services to clients as parts of the country prepare to go into a lockdown starting Monday.

In a statement signed by the Secretary, Sandra Thompson, all Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), electronic channels and all payment platforms are to be functional and opened to the general public.

“The General Public is, therefore, advised to refrain from panic withdrawals and observe all health and safety protocols.”

This directive comes after President Nana Akufo-Addo in a televised national address ordered the lockdown of the Greater Accra Region some parts of Central Region and Kumasi.

However, Banks, Savings and Loans Companies, Finance Houses, Rural and Community Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Forex Bureaux were exempted from the directive since the provide fundamental service to citizens.

Read the full statement from BoG below: