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Ghana Government extends public gathering ban till May 31

President Akufo Addo

President of Ghana, H. E. Akufo-Addo has announced the extension of the ban on social gatherings to combat the spread of the Coronavirus disease to the end of May, 2020.

The ban on public gathering including religious activities, festivals and funerals.

This is in pursuant to the Executive Instrument (EI) 64 and it takes effect on Monday, May 11, 2020.

He says even though the measures taken since Ghana recorded her first two cases have caused considerable suffering and discomfort, it is still vital to continue to observe the social distancing protocols as they are essential for a quick return to normalcy.

President Akufo-Addo who announced the extension Sunday night during his 9th address to the nation on measures taken to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus, 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, 31st May, 2020.

“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. Al 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.

Ghana’s case count as at Sunday, May 10, 2020, stood at 4,700 confirmed cases, out of which 497 have recovered with the number of deaths at 22 and five persons critically ill. All these have come from 160,501 tests.


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