President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev Prof Paul Yaw Frimpong-Manso says churches are ready to abide by the safety protocol directives announced by President Akufo-Addo on Sunday, May 31, 2020, while easing the ban on restrictions in the country.
The President in his tenth televised address on enhanced measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana announced the partial reopening of schools and churches with several admonitions largely on the observance of safety protocols in such public spaces.
For schools, only final year JHS, SHS, and university students are permitted to return to their various campuses to prepare for their final exams.
Churches and mosques on the other hand are to reopen with not more than 100 congregants at a service while observing social distancing within a one-hour time frame.
The President’s directive has since been greeted with mixed reactions as some people think one hour is woefully inadequate for a church service.
For others, the reopening of churches by the President is only going to increase the level of risk in contracting the disease and eventually worsen the country’s situation.
But Prof Frimpong-Manso speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News disagreed with such assertions, indicating that churches will prioritise the safety protocols.
On the contrary, he believes that the reopening of churches will rather help to curb the spread of the disease as religious leaders are influential.
He noted among others that veronica buckets will be provided at the entrance of churches for hand washing, the use of thermometer guns to check temperatures of incoming congregants, the use of sanitisers and ensuring that there are no greetings among members.
“The service should be brief. People are asking me if we can do it for one hour; I say yes it amounts to planning. Because we are not in normal times, preach a short sermon, short worship, and announcement; make the service brief so that other people can get the opportunity to come,” he said.
“We are overly ready. We have been preparing and planning for over two months because we knew one day we will go. The church coming on board can actually even enhance the monitoring and the implementations of all the protocols that will subdue COVID,” Prof Frimpong Manso stated.