Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Minister-designate for the Information Ministry has stated that the ban on social gatherings does not affect the services religious bodies partake in but rather social activities such as parties/receptions associated with occasions such as funerals and marriage ceremonies.
The President did not place a ban on religious meetings, but instructed them to adhere strictly to the two-hour time frame. He however placed a ban weddings.
Speaking during a press release on government’s response to COVID-19, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah clarified what was said by the president. “The president did not ban burial service because the activity of burial, we actually encourage to go on… What is banned is the funeral where typically in the Ghanaian community we will all gather, shake hands, announcement of people, then they’ll call for a song, people will come and dance, where there is a little party associated with it. That is what has been banned,” he explained.
“The president did not say that marriages are banned. In the same way, when it comes to marriage, what the president has said is that, what in Ghana we call wedding, the full-blown wedding where we have a big party with a reception and people dancing and people eating, sitting at reception tables, etc, that is what has been banned,” he further clarified.
“We’ve got a lot of requests about so what if somebody is having a church service, which is allowed, and they choose to bless their marriage there as part of the church service. I’m not sure that is what has been banned. It’s the wedding. The full-blown wedding with its reception and social activity associated with it is what has been banned,” he added