President Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gatherings to May 31, 2020. The extension of the ban forms part of the government’s measures to contain the virus in the country. President Akufo-Addo said all public events, including religious activities, festivals, schools, weddings, funerals and parties remain closed.
He made the announcement during his ninth address to the nation on Sunday evening. He said the closure of schools and ban on public gatherings had created a lot of inconvenience for many Ghanaians but “we have no option but to stay the course.”
“Tonight, I have come into your homes, to announce that the ban on public gatherings, as set out in Executive Instrument 34, has been extended, also to the end of the month ie, May 31,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“So during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings such as holding of conferences, workshops, parties, night clubs, drinking spots, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, sporting events. All educational facilities private and public, continue to remain closed. The is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials with not more than 25 persons. It is noteworthy that the police is arresting and prosecution persons irrespective of their status in society who flout these regulations,” he added.
He added that “we cannot allow a few persons with their narrow selfish interest to jeopardize the health, wellbeing and safety of the larger population. If you fall foul of the law, you will face its full rigors.”