Ghana Lifts Ban on Religious Gatherings, Schools to Reopen

Nation lifts ban on religious gatherings in Mosques, Churches

Ghana has lifted its ban on religious gatherings imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking to the nation in an address, President Akufo-Addo said that the government was set to lift restrictions on religious meetings and gatherings later on in the week.

The measures are set to ease restrictions on public gatherings previously imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the West African nation.

The televised presidential address said the decision to ease restrictions on selected public gatherings was based on their risk profile, social and economic impact and the country’s ability to respond to a major outbreak.

Schools are set to open in mid-June while churches and mosques can reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols.

President Akufo said:

Consensus from stakeholder consultation recommend a phased approach to easing anti-Covid-19 restrictions.

Schools

Final year university students are to report to school as from June 15.

All teachers, students, and non-teaching staff are to be provided with reusable face mask by the country’s ministry of education.

Churches and Mosques

Congregations at places of worship will be allowed on grounds that the religious places maintain and observe all health and safety conditions.

Only 100 congregants will be allowed to meet for only one hour.

Festivals, sporting events, nightclubs, cinemas, and political rallies remain banned.

According to President Akufo-Addo, arrangements will be made to evacuate Ghanaians stranded abroad, but they will undergo mandatory quarantine and testing.

Ghana’s borders remain closed indefinitely.

Ghana has so far recorded 8,060 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 36 deaths to the virus.