Churches, mosques directed to form COVID-19 task forces ahead of return

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi has tasked churches and mosques to form COVID-19 Task Forces as part of measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in these places.

The task force, according to Mr. Dzamesi, will ensure strict compliance of COVID-19 precautionary measures.

President Akufo-Addo announced a review of social gatherings in Ghana on Sunday night in a televised address.

Churches and schools are to resume partially under strict guidance. Churches and mosques are to allow only 100 congregants while schools are to open for final year students.

Outlining some precautionary measures for religious bodies at a press briefing on Monday night, the Minister explained that the easing of COVID-19 restrictions does not mean religious bodies are allowed to operate fully.

He said every mosque or church must have a task force to be able to handle emergency situations that may arise during services.

“Form COVID-19 Task Force comprising of members who are preferably health workers. They must be trained in health promotion measures, infection prevention and control and evacuation procedures by Ghana Health Service. The COVID-19 Task Force should call 112 or 311 for support to enable evacuation anyone develops fever, coughs and difficulty in breathing during service,” he stated.

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