Minister for Information designate, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, has clarified that wedding ceremonies can still be held even though there is a ban on social gatherings.
He says that what has been banned are the parties associated with occasions such as funerals and marriage ceremonies.
He says that marriage ceremonies which are held in the churches, and mosques where there is strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols can go on.
Mr Oppong-Nkrumah gave the clarification on Tuesday at a press briefing on the government’s COVID-19 response in the country.
“When it comes to marriage, what the president has said is that, what in Ghana we call wedding, the full-blown wedding where we have a big party with reception and people dancing and people eating, siting at reception tables, etc, that is what has been banned,” he added.
“We’ve got a lot of requests about so what if somebody is having a church service, which is allowed, and they choose to bless their marriage there as part of the church service. I’m not sure that is what has been banned. It’s the wedding. The full-blown wedding with its reception and social activity associated with it is what has been banned,” Mr Oppong-Nkrumah explained.
Reimposition of restrictions
President Akufo-Addo, in his 23rd national address on Ghana’s Covid-19 fight, announced a reintroduction of restrictions.
The reimpositions come after a surge in active cases.
“Until further notice, funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances, and parties are banned. Private burials with not more than 25 people can take place with the enforcement of the social distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing protocols. Beaches, nightclubs, cinemas, and pubs continue to be shut. Our borders by land and sea remain closed,” he announced.
Ghana’s Covid-19 situation
Over the past few weeks, the country has been recording an average of 600 new cases daily.
The country currently has 5,515 active cases per the last update by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, with statistics as of 30th January, 2021.
424 Covid-19 related deaths have also been recorded.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com