Ahead of the 2021 Easter celebrations, the Ghana Police Service has reminded the public to abide by COVID-19 restrictions imposed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to halt the spread of the virus.
The Police Service in a statement indicated that although churches and mosques can hold services, not beyond two hours, public gatherings such as conventions, crusades, pilgrimages cannot be held during the season.
“Churches, Mosques and religious bodies are expected to hold services not beyond two hours for 100 participants maximum only, observing all other COVID-19 protocols. Conventions, crusades, pilgrimages and such large physical gatherings are not allowed.”
It also said the hosting of any carnival, festival, beach gathering, street dances, procession, parades and such events will be illegal.
“Night clubs are banned from opening as well as cinemas and movie houses. All activities of “closed room” bar or pub including those in hotels remain illegal. However, open-air drinking spots may operate provided that they observe all other COVID-19 protocols,” it added.
Tourist sites and attractions were given the green light to operate within the season, “provided they ensure the wearing of face masks, social distancing and enhanced hygiene by all patrons.”
It also urged bereaved families to take advantage of the season to bury loved ones.
“The public is reminded that it is illegal to hold funerals. Private burials may be held with a maximum of twenty-five people if held outside the church or religious facility. For church or religious burial services, the maximum number of participants should be a hundred. In all cases, the COVID-19 protocols are expected to be observed and the duration shall be two hours maximum,” it further clarified.
The Service says it will deploy officers to monitor compliance and take the necessary actions.
The President re-imposed the ban on public gatherings in January 2021, following a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in Ghana.