Photo: Las Palmas (Circle Branch) Closed Down By AMA

A popular restaurant in the center of Accra Las Palmas (Circle Branch) closed down by Accra Metropolitan Assembly .

The environmental and sanitation unit of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has shut down the popular restaurant in Circle over sanitation breaches.

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Information gathered has it that, the Branch Manager of the restaurant in Accra Circle has been provided with several notices to improve the hygenic status of the place.

However, after several attempts by the Environmental and sanitation unit of AMA, the place still remains below the standard required for operations.

Director of Public Health at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Florence Kuukyi, cited the unavailability of a dedicated toilet facility for the eatery, even though several of the workers there lived on the premises.

Other reasons included the unsanitary conditions under which the food sold at the eatery was being prepared.

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Also, none of the workers was able to show a medical certificate qualifying them to sell food to the general public.

We are closing it down. First, because of the conditions under which they cook and sell the food. Look at the net above us, it had been overtaken by dust and cobwebs, and this is where they cook the food. So anything at all could fall into the food, and no one will know

Also, contrary to the AMA Bye-Laws 2017, they don’t have a toilet facility here. Some of them sleep in this building. It’s not far to think that when they are pressed, they do it in polythene bags and fly them outside

Florence Kuukyi noted

The supervisor at the branch, who identified herself as Aunty Hannah, explained why none of the workers had a medical certificate.

When they did it, I was not here. I was in Kumasi, so I think that it is at our head office at Abeka. So I will have to call them to bring it

she initially explained

However, it emerged that the workers are new staff who have not taken the tests yet.

This added to the offenses noted by the AMA team. They, therefore, issued a closure notice to the supervisor.

The closure notice takes effect on Thursday, July 22, 2021, until steps have been taken to correct the sanitation breaches

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