President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gathering to Sunday, 31st May, 2020.
While delivering his 9th address to the nation on the measures taken against the spread of coronavirus in the country, he said the extension means that during the period, “there will be a ban on public gatherings such as the holding of conferences, workshops, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, and sporting events”.
Also, all educational facilities, both private and public continue to remain closed.
The ban on funerals still remain in force except for burials conducted by not more than 25 persons.
The president said anybody found going against the ban will be made to face the full rigours of the law.
“It is noteworthy that the Police are arresting and prosecuting persons, irrespective of their status in society, who flout these regulations. We cannot allow a few persons, for their narrow, selfish interests, to jeopardise the health, well-being and safety of the larger population. If you fall foul of the law, you will face its full rigours”, he stated.
He said as uncomfortable as these restrictions have been, we have no option but to stay the course as we can only guarantee the safety of each other if we continue to adhere to them.
Continuing, he said “the restrictions cannot and will not be a permanent feature of our lives” and that he hopes to shortly announce the steps for systematically easing the restrictions to bring the nation and the people back to normality.
He, however, added that “each and everyone of us can help to speed up this process if we continue to practice the measures of social distancing, washing our hands with soap under running water, refraining from shaking hands and wearing our masks whenever we leave our homes”.