No ‘crowded’ dancing, waving of handkerchiefs as gov’t outlines guidelines for church service

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Christian worshipers have been admonished to avoid crowded dancing and waving of handkerchiefs when they next attend church service.

This forms part of guidelines issued by the government to guide their worship following the easing of restrictions on religious activities in the country.

President Akufo-Addo in his tenth televised address to the country on Sunday, May 31, 2020, announcing the partial lifting of the ban on social gatherings with effect from Friday, June 5, 2020, said churches and mosques can hold services with not more than 100 congregants in attendance and a duration not exceeding one hour.

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This will be the first time in four months that churches and mosques will be allowed to hold services.
That has however been greeted with mixed reactions with some questioning whether the time is indeed ripe for such restrictions to be lifted considering the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

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But at a media briefing in Accra on Monday, June 1, 2020, to outline some precautionary measures for such worship, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi explained that all churches must have a COVID-19 task force to be able to handle emergencies during services.

“Form COVID-19 Task Force comprising of members who are preferably health workers. They must be trained in health promotion measures, infection prevention and control, and evacuation procedures by Ghana Health Service. The COVID-19 Task Force should call 112 or 311 for support to enable evacuation anyone develops a fever, coughs, and difficulty in breathing during service,” he stated.

Also, elderly persons and those with underlining conditions have been discouraged from attending services with a firm call for the mandatory wearing of face masks at all times during worship.

All those who speak in churches (including Pastors, Sunday school teachers, Singers, and Announcers) are not left out of the directive to wear facemasks during service.

Also, churches are to ensure a no handshake, no hugging, and no spitting policy at all times with a ban on crowded dancing and waving of handkerchiefs during service.

Microphones used during service will also be required to be sanitised immediately after each use. Singing in groups are also discouraged, pre-recorded songs or solos are recommended for the time being.

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