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COVID-19: No more funerals, parties and weddings

COVID-19: No more funerals, parties and weddings

As part of efforts to stem the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reinstated a ban on public gatherings.

President Akufo-Addo declared all parties, weddings, and concerts illegal until further notice in his address to the nation on Sunday.

He warned that anyone found violating the new directive would face severe consequences.

“Funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances, and parties are prohibited until further notice.” Private burials of no more than 25 people are permitted with the observance of social distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing protocols. Beaches, nightclubs, cinemas, and pubs remain closed. Our land and sea borders remain closed. All public and private workplaces must implement a shift system for employees, in addition to the use of virtual platforms for business or work.”

“Conferences and workshops can be held with all of the necessary protocols, but I encourage the use of virtual platforms for such engagements.” Restaurants should provide takeaway services and avoid seated services as much as possible. “The National Sports Authority and the Ghana Football Association should ensure that the 25% capacity rule is followed, with spectators following the social distancing rule and wearing masks,” he said.

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First time ban was declared

President Akufo-Addo imposed such Coronavirus-induced restrictions in Ghana for the first time on March 15, 2020, in response to a surge in cases at the time.

Ghana had recorded six cases at the time.

In that broadcast, the President stated that private burials were permitted, but the number of mourners present could not exceed 25.

“Private burials are permitted, but only in small groups of no more than twenty-five (25) people,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He then extended the ban twice for two weeks, once on April 12, 2020, and again on April 26, 2020.

However, the ban was lifted as part of the COVID-19-induced restrictions were eased.

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