The Ghana Police Service has issued guidelines to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic during the Easter festivities.

According to the service “the hosting of any carnival, festival, beach gathering, street dances, procession, parades and such events will be illegal”.

The notice comes ahead of the 2021 Easter Celebrations which will be observed from Friday, April 2, 2021to Monday, April 5, 2021, across the world.

In Ghana, the season has always been characterized by religious activities and amusement events, however, due to the outbreak of the pandemic, these restrictions have been imposed.

“Churches, Mosques and religious bodies are expected to hold services not beyond two hours for 100 participants maximum only. Conventions, crusades, pilgrimages and such large physical gatherings are also not allowed,” the statement added.

The general public has also been urged to continue to abide by all existing Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the government since the Police will strictly enforce same.

Touching on other matters, the Service has asked all nightclubs, cinemas, and movie houses that have been banned to remain closed.

“All activities of ‘closed room’ bar or pub including those in hotels remain illegal. However, open-air drinking spots may operate provided they observe all other Covid-19 protocols. Operators of tourist sites and attractions may open to the public, provided they ensure the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and enhanced hygiene by all patrons,” the Service noted.

Families that wish to take advantage of the holiday period to bury loved ones have also been asked to desist from the act.

“The public is reminded that it is illegal to hold funerals. Private burials may be held with a maximum of twenty-five people if held outside the church or religious facility. For church or religious burial services, the maximum number of
participants should be hundred. In all cases, the Covid-19 protocols are expected to be observed and the duration shall be two hours maximum.”

While appealing for cooperation to ensure a peaceful Easter holiday season, the Service in the statement assured that it will provide enhanced security for the safety of the public during the period.

On road safety, the Service has assured that Police Officers would be present at mapped out traffic congestion and accident prone areas.

“People who drive beyond the speed limit, overload, drink and drive and indulge in such other traffic irregularities shall be arrested,” it added.