Churches have been urged to comply with government restrictions to prevent the possible spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the Easter festivities.
Madam Justina Owsusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Thursday.
She noted some Ghanaians had been vaccinated to build body immunity against the COVID-19, it was however imperative for churches and religious bodies to adhere strictly to health safety protocols, as worshippers gathered in their numbers to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
“Though some people have taken the vaccine, this does not guarantee total safety and everybody must endeavour to observe the COVID-19 health protocols either you have been vaccinated or yet to be vaccinated”, she said.
Mad Owusu-Banahene warned churches and congregations that failed to comply with the government’s mandatory two-hour worship restriction and failed to ensure worshippers wear nose masks or face shields would not be spared.
She said the COVID-19 task force would patrol churches and Easter Retreat and Convention grounds to ensure worshippers complied with all safety measures to prevent the spread of the viral disease.
Mad Owusu-Banahene advised the populace to celebrate Easter in moderation and use the festivities to show love and compassion, by supporting the needy and vulnerable in society.
“The celebration of the death of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ must put us together as one people. We must try and put smiles on the face of the needy in society and I believe that would enable them to recognise and appreciate the love of Christ. This is what Easter is meant to be”, the Regional Minister stated.
Mad Owusu-Banahene admonished the youth against alcoholism and promiscuity, saying such unhealthy practices were unworthy to be associated with the celebration of the death of our Jesus Christ”.
She advised drivers and all road users to observe road safety regulations and avoid over-speeding to prevent unacceptable road crashes and avoidable fatalities on the highway.