COVID-19: Government of Ghana lifts ban on religious activities 

The president of the Republic of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his 10th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana has on Sunday, 31st May, 2020, lifted ban/restrictions on religious activities.

According to the President, all religious activities can take effect from Friday, 5th June, 2020, after restrictions on public gatherings and closure of churches, mosques among many have been imposed on Sunday, 15th March, 2020 by the president.

In the president’s Sunday night address, he noted that, “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.”

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In addition, the president also said, there shall be mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers and hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.

President Akufo-Addo categorically added that, religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their
members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate
and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and
operation.

“They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined. I would appeal to them, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times. The Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques.” He added.

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