Coronavirus: Arbitrary closure of churches wrong – Bishops’ Conference

The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference has slammed the government’s decision to close down churches as part of measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

According to Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference, the President was discriminatory in his decision by exempting night clubs and chop bars from the list of public places to be shut down to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

“The notices from the Government do not mention the closure of night clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, busy offices banks, drinking spots, chop bars, lorry stations and markets. Such entities have been noted in other country’s experience, France being a good example, where the pandemic has not been controlled as such enterprises have remained opened. To only ask for the closure of churches and places of worship, is a rather biased view of the society and does not improve much the odds of getting the disease under control.”

The Christian body also stated that the government’s decision not to engage them before the decision was taken smacks of disregard for the Church.

“The arbitrary closure of churches and places of worship without consultation or discussion for 4 weeks, smacks of a disregard of the importance of the church’s role in the country. This disregard of the place of this powerful social and religious institution, to which over 70% of Ghanaians belong, is wrong.”

Below is the full statement

CESSATION OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (Covid 19)

The Government has issued a number of releases in line with managing the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference has noted the travel bans, and the restrictions on a wide range of socio-economic activities in the country in an effort to forestall any further spread of the Coronavirus disease in the country, a part of the wider global effort being championed by the World Health Organization.

We commend the President of the Republic for responding to the public’s need for leadership and direction at such a time of heightened public anxiety and fears. We believe many of the tactics put in place will forestall the further spread of the disease.

The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference has, however, noted a number of lapses, that as we try to bring this pandemic under control as a society, we will like to draw the Government’s attention to.

It is important that these concerns are addressed for the measures being implemented to have their full measure in preventing the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic among Ghanaians.

Source:starfmonline.

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