President Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on the social gatherings by two more weeks effective Monday, April 27, 2020, at 1 am.
The ban was first imposed on March 15 by the President and was due to expire on April 27. At the time, Ghana had recorded six cases of COVID-19.
The ban affects all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events.
The President made this known tonight (April 26, 2020) during his eighth update on measures to control the Coronavirus in the country.
He said the decision which is backed by science and data also has the support of some stakeholders in the country including the Council of State, the Ghana Journalists Association, Trades Union Congress, National House of Chiefs, and the National Union of Ghana Students.
He said: “I have accordingly by Executive Instrument extended for another two weeks the suspension on all public and social gatherings as set out in Executive Instrument number 64 of 15th March 2020, effective tomorrow 1 am, Monday the 27th of April”.
Timeline of suspension on social gatherings
First announced on March 15, 2020, the ban was to expire after a month however President Akufo-Addo through an earlier Executive Instrument extended it by two weeks. That extension was due to run out on Monday, April 27, 2020.
The latest two-week extension announced today (April 26, 2020) is due to expire on May 11.