The minister-designate for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has stated categorically that the president did not ban funerals and marriage ceremonies as being speculated by some in his last covid 19 updates on Sunday.
The president in an address to the nation on Sunday 21st January 2021 concerning the covid 19 expressed worry in the rising cases of the covid 19 pandemic.
In a bid to help curb the rising cases, he announced a restriction on some social activities. Among these are reductions in the number of people who attend social gatherings from 100 to 25. Some sections of the general public have misinterpreted the president, saying there has been a ban on social gatherings.
Clarifying the president’s statement, Mr. Oppong Nkruamah stated that the president has not banned social gatherings such as burials and marriages. He explained that the president has no intention to do so, insisting that activities can go on with a restricted number. He said;
“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,”