President Akufo-Addo: Funerals, weddings, concerts and parties are banned until further notice


Restrictions on funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances and parties, have been reintroduced by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, until further notice.

On Sunday, January 31, President Akufo-Addo in his 23rd Coronavirus address to the nation indicated that private burials with no more than twenty-five people can take place, with the enforcement of 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,” President Akufo-Addo stressed.

According to President Akufo-Addo, 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,” President Akufo-Addo stated.

“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.”

He advised leaders of the various religious organisations that, they should enforce “to the letter, the protocols relating to attendance, [namely], 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.”



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