As part of the President's leadership in ensuring that Covid-19 is not spreading, the President in his Easter broadcast has called for ban on all planned Easter services planned by churches in this week.
According to the President, the police must go out and enforce these instructions, alleging that, if this is not ensured, the covid-19 infections will rise and Ghana may not be able to deal with it.
Aside this ban, he reiterated the ban on social gatherings such as pubs, beaches, church services, funerals, etc, all aimed at ensuring safety first.
"I know that is not how you intended to celebrate Easter but just as Christ rise on the third day, Ghana will rise again" He said in his Easter address broadcast live.
Indeed, for many churches, this comes as a big surprise as clearly, the church has been one of the most observant of all the Covid-19 protocols in Ghana. In many churches both big and small, social distancing, wearing of face masks and washing of hands are enforced strictly, with names taken to help contact tracing if need be.
Already the Greater Accra Police Command has announced some arrests of people, all aimed at already enforcing the restrictions and clearly, this is a sign that, the President's directive of strict adherence to these restrictions are complied to the barest minimum may well eye many churches.
Already, in a Press Conference yesterday, the Police Command has promised to employ huge numbers of personnel to enforce these.
One will recall that, in the just ended elections where no Covid-19 restrictions were employed in gatherings of the President and other opponents, none of these strict measures where employed, and hence, this is seen as an attack on the Christian bodies activities and in responding to this issue, the Police was emphatic "we are not antichrist, we are just doing our work to prevent an outbreak of Coronavirus" Police command spokesperson had said.
The Methodist Church's President, Rev. Boafo interestingly has 100% support for the Presidents strict enforcement of Coronavirus restrictions and called for Christens to abide totally by these restrictions, nurturing the peace and togetherness we have as one people, with one common destiny"
Meanwhile, many churches have already planned special services Easter services and with a day to Good Friday Service, this may well affect many of such churches, who were going beyond the normal permissible church services and may have planned to have longer service and attract huge numbers in communities, as its usually the case, when Covid-19 was not with us annually. Whereas Charismatic Churches are yet to respond to this largely, one can expect their disapproval of this strict enforcement of the restrictions.
In the lead up to the 2020 Elections, some Ghanaian Bishops had expressed concern about the poor adherence to Covid-19 precautionary measures in the buildup to the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections.
In its statement then, the Ghanaian Bishops’ Conference, had said that they were worried at the “high level of disregard” for the observance of Covid-19 protocols during the political parties total disregard then.
We can only await to see, if arrests will done or the churches will fully comply.
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