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Religious activities can commence from June 5 with 100 participants - Akufo-Addo

By Mutala Yakubu
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President Akufo-Addo has announced that religious activities can commence from June 5, 2020.

He made the announcement in his 10th address to Ghanaians concerning measures government has put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Churches are also expected to disinfect and fumigate their premises regularly to ensure the safety of their congregants.

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“An abridged format for religious services can commence. Twenty-five per cent (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 handwashing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.

“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. They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined. 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. The Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques.

Ghana’s case count of the novel COVID-19 has risen to 8,070. The recoveries have also increased to 2,947.

This was announced by President Akufo-Addo in a televised address to the nation on Sunday, May 31, 2020.