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COVID-19: Ban on Public Gathering in Ghana extended to May 31

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his ninth update on Coronavirus has extended the ban on public gathering to May 31.

The ban, as already established restricts religious activities, festivals, funerals, conferences and seminars. However, people are allowed to hold private burials with not more than 25 attendants.

This ban is in pursuant to the Executive Instrument (EI) 64 and it takes effect on Monday, May 11, 2020.

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During his speech, the president noted that the closure of schools and ban on public gatherings had created a lot of inconvenience for many Ghanaians but “we have no option but to stay the course.”

“Tonight, I have come into your homes, to announce that the ban on public gatherings, as set out in Executive Instrument 34, has been extended, also to the end of the month ie, 31st May, 2020.

“So during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings such as holding of conferences, workshops, parties, night clubs, drinking spots, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, sporting events,” Nana Akufo-Addo said. “All educational facilities private and public, continue to remain closed. The is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials with not more than 25 persons. It is noteworthy that the police is arresting and prosecution persons irrespective of their status in society who flout these regulations.”

Ghana’s case count of COVID-19 has increased to 4,700 with 494 recoveries and 22 deaths.

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