Don’t breach new COVID restrictions, Christian Council to churches

Christian Council of Ghana appeals to churches to adhere religiously to the new restrictions aimed at reducing COVID-19 cases

The Christian Council of Ghana has appealed to Christians to observe the fresh COVID-19 safety restrictions in churches.

This is in reaction to the new restrictions on social events imposed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a result of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The new restrictions include ban on wedding, parties and funerals amidst a host of interventions to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday 7 February 2021, the Christian Council outlined guidelines aimed at clarifying and throwing more light on the president’s new directive on social gatherings.

According to the statement, “worship services are permitted to continue and church leaders are entreated to enforce, to the letter, the protocols relating to attendance, i.e, maximum duration of two (2) hours, one-meter social distancing, wearing of masks, hand washing under running water and soap, and use of sanitizers and disinfection of surfaces.”

Clarification on marriages

On the issue of marriages and burial services held in churches, the Christian Council clarified that such services are permitted to be held, but under strict COVID-19 protocols.

However, the statement noted that burial or interment itself must be private, which means it must be limited to 25 persons as directed by the president.

The statement further clarified that “it is the after celebrations such as receptions, parties, dancing, eating etc that have been banned.”

The Council urged all churches and all church leaders to adhere strictly to COVID protocols outlined above to help halt the spread of the virus.

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