Guinness donates to curb spread of COVID-19

BY: Maclean Kwofi
Ms Sylvia Owusu-Ankomah

Guinness Ghana has donated prescribed safety tools worth GH₵692,000 to tourist and bar operators to support efforts by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

The amount went into veronica bucket distribution and educational posters to drive adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocol among others to keep tourist sites and bars as well as consumers safe.

The Corporate Relations Director of Guinness Ghana, Ms Sylvia Owusu-Ankomah, who made this known to the media on October 2 in Accra, said the management of the pandemic required collaboration among stakeholders.

“Our priority is the safety of its employees and customers and therefore, we are taking immediate actions to fully equip our wholesalers and retailers with prescribed safety tools to protect their staff, customers, and the public in general.

“We fully understand the extreme difficulties the lockdown measures instituted about six months ago have had on the hospitality industry and the severe impact on our customers,” she said.

Reopening safely

She explained that as a key stakeholder and a responsible business, Guinness Ghana firmly understands that for these businesses to reopen safely, they must be supported.

“At the core of what we do is ensuring the profitability and growth of our wholesalers and retailers.

“Therefore, Guinness Ghana will support government efforts by working with our stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with all the specific safety protocols provided for the re-opening.

“Our partners have been busy preparing, adapting, and introducing new measures as directed and look forward to welcoming people back in a safe way,” she said.

Societal impact

In line with its promise to be a partner for growth, in a year that mark 60 years of operations in Ghana, Ms Owusu-Ankomah said Guinness Ghana laser focused on a safe return to bar operations while supporting bar owners to get their businesses back on their feet.

“To all distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and bar owners, we reiterate the public message and reminder that COVID-19 is a real threat to public health and must be actively fought with social distancing, wearing of masks, frequent sanitising and washing of hands with soap under running water.

“Guinness Ghana also urges customers and the public to play their part in adhering to these safety measures so they can protect themselves.

“We will continue leading a safe and strong recovery of our industry and the economy. We have always stood by our stakeholders and the communities where we operate. We will build on this legacy into the future,” she added.