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Christ Embassy “Pneumatica Night”: Four charged with breaching COVID-19 protocol

Three of those charged are members of the Christ Embassy Church and the fourth person is the manager of the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair

Four people have been charged for violating restrictions on public gathering and organising the Christ Embassy “Pneumatica Night” event, which over 10,000 people attended, most of them not wearing any face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Three of those charged are members of the Christ Embassy Church. The fourth person is the one who manages the Fantasy Dome facility at the Trade Fair Centre.

They are said to have breached COVID-19 protocols by organising the “Pneumatica Night” event for Christ Embassy at which thousands people gathered, in breach of the ban on mass gathering to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Apart from that, many of the church group members who gathered for the event, mainly young people, did not wear any face covering to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Charges

The charges levelled against the four people charged include failure to comply with restrictions imposed contrary to Regulation 4 of the Imposition of Restrictions (coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic) (No 16) instrument, 2020 Executive Instrument 395 and Section 6 of the Imposition of Restrictions Act 2020 (Act 1012).

This follows a clip that has gone viral on social media, in which members of the youth wing of Airport City Church, the branch of Christ Embassy in East Legon, Accra, were seen dancing, singing loudly and shouting at an event last Friday night (30 April).

The event seemed to disregard social distancing altogether and there was minimal wearing of face masks.

Fined

The viral clip has led many to criticise the Church, whose international leader is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, for holding such an event but apparently deciding to disrespect the protocols in place to counter the COVID-19 outbreak.

Oyakhilome’s Loveworld Television Ministry was recently fined £125,000 in the UK for broadcasting material that made inaccurate and potentially harmful claims about the coronavirus.

It was the second time in a year that the broadcaster had made such claims, contravening the UK’s COVID-19 broadcasting rules.

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