Religious activities can commence from June 5, 2020 for Christians and Muslims as stage one of the process of easing restrictions has begun.
President Akufo-Addo who announced this on Sunday May 31, 2020, explained that churches and mosques can reopen to their congregants for a maximum of one hour per service with a congregation not being more than 100 people.
He urged the religious groups to strictly adhere to the outlined safety measures as they engage in their activities.
“An abridged format for religious services can commence. Twenty-five per cent attendance, with a maximum number of 100 congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants,” he said.
The President directed that “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 worshipers and hand washing facilities and sanitizers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.”
He said 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.
“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.”
President Akufo-Addo stated that the Minister for Religious Affairs, will outline in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques on Monday, June 1, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo on March 15, 2020, in a television address to the nation, banned all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Ghana had recorded six cases of COVID-19 at the time.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com