COVID-19: You can marry during church service, but no weddings– Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has clarified that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent ban on social gathering activities such as weddings, does not stop people from getting married.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah told journalists at a COVID-19 press briefing on Tuesday, 2 February 2021 that “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 reception and people dancing and people eating, sitting at reception tables, etc., that is what has been banned”.

“We’ve got a lot of requests about: so what if somebody is having a church service, which is allowed, and they choose to bless their marriage there, as part of the church service? I’m not sure that is what has been banned. It’s the wedding. The full-blown wedding with its reception and social activity associated with it is what has been banned”, the Ofoase Ayirebi MP clarified.

Similarly, he clarified that the ban on funerals does not mean people cannot bury their dead ones.

“The president did not ban burial service because the activity of burial, we actually encourage to go on”, he said, adding: “What is banned is the funeral where typically in the Ghanaian community we will all gather, shake hands, announcements 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”.

Meanwhile, eight more people have succumbed to the pandemic, taking the death toll to 424 from 416 as announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, 31 January 2021 in his 23rd address concerning the disease.