The Christian Council has expressed reservations about the directive by government to ban weddings in an attempt to control the recent upsurge in Covid 19 cases across the country.
Speaking to Nana Yaa Mensah on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (February 2) Secretary General of the Christian Council Rev Dr Cyril Fayose.
“My initial personal reaction is that I think it is in place with the surge and new variants of the Covid 19 that we increase restrictions and we must all work with government to ensure that, “he said.
He added “When we did the lockdown the last time, we were given some prior notice so we could prepare for it, this one even though it is not a full lock down, to say that weddings should not be celebrated all of a sudden is a bit problematic. “
He says it seems the church has become an easy target for imposing restrictions in attempt to enforce the covid 19 protocols.
“I think the restrictions were on public gathering generally but, in most cases, it looks like the church is an easy target for enforcing these restrictions but I don’t think the church is one of the sources of the spike in infection” he said.
Fayose argues that most churches have religiously ensure the enforcement of the covid 19 protocols during their activities.
” Infact the church has been one of the most disciplined organisations as far as observation of the restrictions is concerned So I will take an issue with someone who says it is the church” he added.
Rev Dr Fayose says he will however work with government to enforce the new restrictions.
Ban on weddings
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday ( January 31st ) announced a ban on funerals, weddings concerts and parties until further notice in a bid to control the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Delivering his 23rd update on measures taken against spread of coronavirus on national television, the President said beaches, night clubs, cinemas, and pubs continue to be shut.
“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,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He added: “Beaches, night clubs, cinemas, and pubs continue to be shut. Our borders by land and sea remain closed.”
The President further directed employers in the public and private sector to introduce flexible working hours for workers to help contain the spread of the viral disease.
“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.”
He further said restaurants should provide take-away services, and should, as much as possible, avoid seated services.