Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council’s general secretary Rev Emmanuel Barigah says calls for the ban of church services in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 is misplaced.
Some Ghanaians have questioned why weddings and funerals have been banned but church activities allowed when both activities take place in the church.
“We are not very clear in our minds because churches have not been banned but weddings have banned. We intend to seek some clarification from government. There’s no data to show that people come to church and contract the virus. If there’s one place people observe the protocols strictly, it’s the church,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday.
President Akufo-Addo in his last COVID-19 combat directives ordered a ban on funerals and weddings but left churches to operated.
“So, fellow Ghanaians, until further notice, funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances, and parties are banned. Private burials, with no more than twenty-five (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,” the President said.
He added: “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”.