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Just In: Religious Gatherings to Commence Again From June 7 – Akufo-Addo

The ban on religious activities that was imposed on Ghanaians as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, effective June 7, 2020.

The lifting of the ban was communicated by the President, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 10th address to the nation on COVID-19 on the evening of May 31.

According to the president, the lifting of ban on religious activities comes with some responsibilities on the part of religious leaders to ensure that the necessary safety protocols are observed.

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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 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,” the president said.

The president also instructed that “churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate
and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and
operation”.

 

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