Covid-19: Ghana bans funerals, weddings, concerts, parties until further notice

ACCRA, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reintroduced restrictions on funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances and parties until further notice.


In his 23rd address to the nation on Sunday, the president indicated that, private burials with no more than 25 people can take place, with the enforcement of the social distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing protocols.


“Beaches, night clubs, cinemas, and pubs continue to be shut. Our borders by land and sea remain closed,” he stressed.


Akufo-Addo explained that, even though these measures were unpleasant, it over a period, resulted in a favourable situation for the country’s fight against the novel Coronavirus and “we have to return to them”.


“All workplaces, public and private, must employ a shift-system for workers, in addition to the use of virtual platforms for business or work. Conferences and workshops can take place with all the appropriate protocols. However, I encourage the use of virtual platforms for such engagements.


“Restaurants should provide take-away services, and should, as much as possible, avoid seated services. The National Sports Authority and the Ghana Football Association should ensure compliance with the twenty-five per cent capacity rule in our stadia, with spectators respecting the social distancing rule and wearing of masks,” Akufo-Addo stated.


He advised leaders of the various religious organisations, churches and mosques that, they should enforce “to the letter, the protocols relating to attendance, i.e. the two-hour duration, one-metre social distancing, mask-wearing, use of sanitisers, and the presence of veronica buckets, liquid soap, and rolls of tissue paper.”


President Nana Addo Dankwa made this known in his 23rd update on measures being taken against the spread of Coronavirus in Ghana.


On covid-19, Akufo-Addo  said at least 64 people have died from Coronavirus in Ghana over the last two weeks.


According to him, Ghana’s total Coronavirus deaths now stand at 460.


The President said the situation in the country has gotten worse since he delivered his 22nd update two weeks ago.


On the Ghana Health Service website as at Sunday, it reported that 65,427 cases have been detected with 55,236 recoveries, 4,665 active cases with 797 new cases.


The president also said that by the end of June 2021, a total of 17.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses would be procured for Ghanaians through bilateral and multilateral means.


He said the earliest vaccine procured will be in the country by March as the government aimed to vaccinate the entire population with an initial target of twenty million people.


He said the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) would use its established processes for granting emergency-use-authorization for each vaccine in Ghana.


“As President of the Republic, I assure you that only vaccines that have been evaluated and declared as safe-for-use in Ghana will be administered,” he said.





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