Ebenezer Kojo Kum, Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, has urged religious leaders to shorten the length of their 31st watch night services and consider holding them outside.
He believes that holding the event in a public place will help to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Watch Night services are extremely popular among Ghana’s Christian community, which accounts for roughly 70% of the country’s population.
“If it’s possible to have canopies and tents outside the church premises, so there’s enough ventilation for the watch night service,” he told Citi News.
He also stated that it would be prudent if the services did not last longer than two hours.
“The bottom line is that you want to ring in the new year at church.” So, if you want to ring in the new year in church, and these activities can be planned so that people don’t spend more than two hours in church on the 31st, that’s better for all of us.”