Public Relations Officer (PRO), Methodist Church Ghana, Rev. Dr. Ampaw Asiedu has urged churches to comply with the guidelines issued for churches in order to contain the spread of the virus as churches resume for services.
He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the hour service churches have been asked to comply with is enough.
He bemoaned the long services which were managed by churches in the past saying, ”we will manage with the hour service. Churches would have to review some activities that delay church services”.
The man of God expressed the preparedness of the Methodist Church to comply with the directives issued for churches.
Ghana he said is not in normal times hence the need for the public to adhere to the safety protocols to protect lives. You might also like..
Government has outlined protocols which churches must adhere to.
The Religious Affairs Minister Kofi Dzamesi announced them at a press conference at the Information Ministry on Monday.
Below are the safety protocols
- Provide thermometer guns
- No mask no entry.
- Hand washing and sanitizers: regularly sanitize microphones and others.
- Waste disposal bins.
- Toilets with regular cleaning.
- Training and provision of PPE to protocol officers.
- Adequate ventilation ie windows etc.
- Emergency Unit (Designate a room)
- No hugging, no shaking of hands, no spitting policy
- Form Covid-19 Task Force.
- Older people and people with underlying medical conditions should stay away from church for now.
- No group singing, dancing and waving of handkerchiefs.
- Laying on of hands is not allowed.
- Create separate sitting areas for those who are fairly old.
- Practice social distancing – at least one meter or six feet apart.
- Disinfect Chapel before church service and regularly do so.
- There should be an immediate evacuation of any suspected case and call # 112 or 311 to report.
- Put bowl at the entrance for the offertory.
- Adequate information ie notices such as no mask, no entry; wash your hand here; no handwashing no entry etc.
- Isolate suspected cases.
- Inform them they will be handed over to the health authorities.
- Call in the health authorities.
- Sunday schools and Children’s services are to remain closed for now.