COVID-19: All events to operate at full capacity, says Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo says participants and audiences of events must be fully vaccinated with hand washing and sanitising stands made available

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that beginning Monday (28 March), all events can start to take place at their full capacity; relaxing the restrictions he imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

However, speaking to the nation on Sunday (27 March), President Akufo-Addo said audiences and participants must be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 protocols being observed.

“All in-person activities, such as those that take place in churches, mosques, conferences, workshops, private parties and events, cinemas and theatres may resume at full capacity, as long as the audience and/or participants are fully vaccinated. Hand washing and hand sanitising points should be made available at these venues,” he said.

Outdoor functions

“Outdoor functions at sporting events, entertainment spots, political rallies and funerals may resume at full capacity, again, as long as all persons at these events are fully vaccinated,” he added.

No more face masks

Akufo-Addo said the wearing of nose mask is not mandatory anymore.

According to him, the low levels of infections coupled with the significant numbers of people who have been vaccinated informed his decision “to revise the COVID-19 restrictions.”

He said: “With countries in the ECOWAS Community, especially in our neighbouring countries, presently, like us, recording very low levels of infections, and having significant numbers of our people vaccinated, and on the advice of the national COVID-19 Taskforce and the health experts, I have taken the decision to revise the COVID-19 Restrictions, enacted under E.I. 64.”

Facemask not mandatory

He further added that “so, from tomorrow, Monday 28 March, the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory. I encourage all of you, though, to continue to maintain enhanced hand hygiene practices, and avoid overcrowded gatherings.”

Fellow Ghanaians, get vaccinated

“To my Fellow Ghanaians who have not received the jab, I urge you to take it. To those listening to the propaganda by the conspiracy theorists and those who are still sceptical about the efficacy of the vaccine, it has been a year since my wife and I got vaccinated; it has not disrupted our physical wellbeing, nor has it caused us to be sick. We are, touch wood, hale and hearty, like the other 13.1 million Ghanaians who have been vaccinated,” he said.

Nicholas Brown

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