President announces further easing of restrictions on places of worship

President Akufo-Addo has announced further easing of restrictions on places of worship with effect from August 1.

From that date churches and mosques can take in as many people as possible while observing social distancing protocols with all worshippers required to wear masks.

The President made the announcement in his first address to the nation on the Covid-19 crisis since he came out of isolation, which, government says was advised by doctors after a member of his inner circle was infected.

It was his 14th address to update the nation on the nation’s battle against Covid-19. In an earlier address, he had instructed churches, mosques and other places of worship to take in only 100 worshippers at a time for a period of one hour per service.

But on Sunday evening, the President indicated that the nation needs to find ways to live with the virus and contain it, while aiming to keep life running as close to normal as possible. Thus the further increasing of restrictions on places of worship is part of government’s plans to restore a sense of normalcy.

“I have sorely missed going to Church, as I am sure many others have,” the President declared. “I am, therefore, very happy to announce that, in consultation with our Church leaders, from 1st August, 2020, the restrictions on the number of congregants worshipping at a time in Church will be lifted, with the length of worship extended from one to two hours per service.”

He added: “Church leaders, who are desirous of implementing this enhanced easing directive, must ensure that congregants wear face masks at all times, and the one metre social distancing rule is scrupulously applied. These same guidelines apply to worship in our Mosques. 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.”

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