Christians in the country will now worship for two hours, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has announced.
In an address to Ghanaians on Sunday evening, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the decision to ease the restrictions follows consultation with church leaders.
Speaking in an update number 14 since the outbreak of the virus, the President revealed that the new decision takes effect from August 1, 2020.
The churches have been urged to still enforce the various COVID-19 protocols particularly the one-meter social distancing rule.
However, there is no cap on the number of congregants at a time.
“Our Churches and Mosques have been open for prayers and services for the past seven (7) weeks, adhering to twenty-five percent occupancy (25%) or up to one hundred congregants over a time duration of up to one hour per service.
I extend my deepest appreciation to our religious leaders for their strict adherence to the safety protocols, which have prevented any known outbreaks since they restarted their services.
I have sorely missed going to Church, as I am sure many others have. I am, therefore, very happy to announce that, in consultation with our Church leaders, from 1st August, 2020, the restrictions on the number of congregants worshipping at a time in Church will be lifted, with the length of worship extended from one (1) to two (2) hours per service.
Church leaders, who are desirous of implementing this enhanced easing directive, must ensure that congregants wear face masks at all times, and the one (1) metre social distancing rule is scrupulously applied.
These same guidelines apply to worship in our Mosques. With greater numbers of congregants likely to return for worship, I would, respectfully, ask the religious leaders to pay even greater attention to the fresh air ventilation of their premises, rather than relying on the use of air conditioners.”