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COVID-19: Churches, Schools to reopen – Akufo-Addo announces

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that Churches and schools for final year students will resume in June as part of measures to ease the restrictions introduced to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

Effective June 5, 2020, Churches can reopen with a maximum of 100 people under effective social distancing rules. Churches and Mosques must also not spend more than 1 hour during a service.

The measures were announced by the President during his 10th State of the Nation address. The President also stated that the measures are part of phase one of easing measures that will ensure that lives return to normalcy despite the increased number of COVID-19 cases.

Churches are also expected regularly to disinfect and fumigate their premises regularly to ensure the safety of their congregants.

Final year students in universities are expected to resume schools and complete their final exams on Monday, June 15. Final students for SHS and JHS are also expected to resume school on Monday 22 June.

However, university schools can only take half the class sizes to ensure social distancing rules. Students and Teachers are also expected to wear face masks and with adequate hygienic conditions provided for all students.

Funerals can now also be held with 100 people, while restaurants can operate in accordance with strict social distancing rules. Political activities except rallies can also resume but Ghana’s borders remain closed.

Ghana has so far recorded 8,070 of COVID-19 with 36 deaths. According to the President, the country must find a way to operate and cannot stay under restrictions forever.

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