COVID-19 Gap Tracker Results for Freetown Aberdeen-Lumley Beach Bars and Restaurants


 We used qualitative research methods to conduct this study. Methods included observation, interviews and profiling. We also used simple counting of people in real time across 15 selected beach bars and restaurants. Subjects who were counted and observed, included both staff and customers at various beach bars/restaurants . The study was undertaken by four researchers from Wednesday 22nd April to 26 April, 2020 and between the hours of 17:30-19:00 GMT daily. Findings are reflective of a five days of qualitative data collection which may limit a representative true average number of people for a full seven days in a week.


Our Target

We targeted 15 beach bars and restaurants located at the Arberdeen-Lumley Beach Road in Freetown.


A total number  of 2,036 people have been at 15  beach bars and restaurants, from 22nd April to 26th April. Sunday is the most crowded day

The Average number of people who socialize everyday at Aberdeen-lumley beach bars is 407

Average Number of People present at Beach Bars and Restaurants everyday


People whom were studied were mainly:

  1. Young
  2. Socialize in groups
  3.  Do not wear mask
  4. Mobile with a vehicle

Olba, Gigibonta, and Miami are the most clustered places with a daily average of 87, 70, and 65 people respectively.

Most Clustered Beach Bars & Restaurants




There are no information materials (posters, flyers, etc) displaying coronavirus messages at beach bars and restaurants

Availability of communication and information materials on coronavirus at various Beach Bars and Restaurants


All beach Bars and restaurants have hand washing facility for customers. However, people only wash their hands once. That is, before  entering but not before leaving

Availability of Hand Washing Facility


Beach bars and restaurants tables are arranged in a way that violate the 6 feet or 2 meters social/physical distance prevention protocol

Social Distance Compliance by Beach Bars & Restaurants


Community Intervention Design

COVID-19 Emergency Operation Center(EOC) and Freetown City Council(FCC) should engage  beach bars and restaurants managers to increase and enforce COVID-19 communication

Community Intervention Suggestions

Authorities should engage and collaborate with beach bars and restaurants owners to mitigate the risk of spread of coronavirus among customers and staff. For effective mitigation, we highly recommend that authorities partner with the three most populated beach bars and restaurants which includes Olba, Gigibonta, and Miami. Furthermore, The COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and The Freetown City Council (FCC) can adopt the following plan of action:


  1. Limit the number of people at any given time in a bar/restaurants proportional to Area of bar/restaurant to accommodate a 6 feet or 2 meters seating arrangements

  2. Develop behavioral change messages on social distancing and work with beach bars and restaurants owners to ensure that customers have access to it. Behavioral change messages should be developed with the profile of bar/restaurant goers in mind. These messages can be printed into flyers, posters, and brochures for mass distribution to all beach bars. Flyers , posters, brochures for example, can be posted on tables, bathroom doors, and used as temporary bar/restaurants menu book covers.

  3. Take advantage of the multiple billboards and signposts along the Arberdeen-Lumley beach roads and put up corona virus sensitization and behavioral change  messages for public access.

  4. Improve and enforce the use of hand washing facilities by asking customers to wash their hands before entering and before leaving bars/restaurants.

  5. Ensure bars/restaurants owners are regularly disinfecting surfaces of tables, chairs, door knobs.

Who can use our COVID-19 Gap Tracker Results?

Our gap tracker results can be used by all stakeholders directly involved in the fight against COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. We particularly encourage Civil Society Organizations(CSO) and newsrooms  to use our results and advocate for COVID-19 response gaps to be addressed by the central and local governments and partners.

How to Get Involved?

Our aim is to promote advocacy for citizens through the use of data and design thinking in order to build valuable information and design community intervention approach that stakeholders can adapt to address any identified COVID-19 response gaps existing among citizens. Hence, we welcome all partnerships and sponsorship committed to supporting us achieve our aim.

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