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COVID-19: Akufo-Addo lifts ban on religious activities, Schools

Ghana has eased the Coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, including religious activities.

President Nana Akufo-Addo who announced this in a televised address Sunday night also said schools would be opened for final year students in Junior and Senior High Schools and the country’s tertiary institutions.

Outlining how religious activities ought to be held, Akufo-Addo said beginning from Friday 5 June, “an abridged format for religious services can commence…with a maximum number of 100 congregants [who] can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants.”

“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 handwashing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one hour for each service,” stated Akufo-Addo in his tenth address on the COVID-19 to the country.

The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, is expected on Monday, 1st June, to outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of the places of worship, said the President.

President Akufo-Addo indicated 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.

While insisting that the police and other security agents would conduct “random” inspection to churches and mosques, the President noted the roadmap was the beginning of stage one of the process of easing restrictions.

However, the country’s borders remain shut.

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