Restriction on Religious gatherings Eased
Restriction on Religious gatherings Eased as his Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated that from 1st of August 2020 the limit on the number of worshippers at a time in Church, Mosques amd other social gatherings will be lifted. He also added that the length of worship is to be extended.
Speaking in his 14th address to the fellow ghanaians on Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo indicated how pleased he was with the compliance of the various religious bodies at their respective worship centres, ensuring the safety protocols to fight the surreal Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our Churches and Mosques have been open for prayers and services for the past seven (7) weeks, adhering to twenty-five per cent occupancy (25%) or up to one hundred congregants over a time duration of up to one hour per service. I extend my deepest appreciation to our religious leaders for their strict adherence to the safety protocols which have prevented any known outbreaks since they restarted their services,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
He made the announcement in his first address to the nation on the Covid-19 crisis since he came out of isolation.In his earlier address, he had instructed churches, mosques and other places of worship to take in up to only 100 worshipers at a time for a period of one hour for each service. Announcing the easing of restrictions at religious gatherings, President Akufo-Addo said, “I am, therefore, very happy to announce that, in consultation with our Church leaders, from 1 August 2020, the restrictions on the number of congregants worshiping at a time in Church will be lifted, with the length of worship extended from one (1) to two (2) hours per service.”
He went on to add that “Church leaders who are desirous of implementing this enhanced easing directive, must ensure that congregants wear face masks at all times, and the one (1) metre social distancing rule is scrupulously applied. These same guidelines apply to worship in our Mosques.”
With that being said the lifting of the restrictions isn’t directly freedom as it indicates , all the rules of social distances may still apply.President Nana Akuffo Addo strongly urged that the various religious leaders ensure proper ventilation during services to ensure the safety and health of their congregants.
“With greater numbers of congregants likely to return for worship, I would, respectfully, ask the religious leaders to pay even greater attention to the fresh air ventilation of their premises, rather than relying on the use of air conditioners,” Nana Addo added in his address.