President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that only 25% of church members are to be allowed into the church auditoriums to have church service.
The president made this known while addressing the nation on Sunday night 31st May 2020. He stated that church services will resume this weekend on 7th June 2020 with not more than 100 congregants.
“Fellow Ghanaians, with effect from June 5th, 2020 we will begin stage one of the process of easing restrictions. An abridged format for religious services can commence. Twenty-five percent (25%) attendance with a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one-metre rule of social distancing between congregants. In addition to the mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contacts details of all worshippers and handwashing facilities and sanitizers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service”…he noted.
He also indicated that churches must adhere to these measures to help contain the virus from spreading.
Ghana recorded its first coronavirus case in March 2020, which led to the president announcing a partial lockdown to control the spread of the disease. Weeks after lockdown cases have risen from 2 to over 8 thousand cases. Ghana is among some major nations in Africa and the world that has been badly hit by the COVID-19 virus, affecting trade and business in the country.
By Amos Ekow Coffie