Founder and general overseer of Makers House Chapel, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye has refused to open his church until a more relaxed sanctions and preventive measures are put in place by the president.
In the president’s 10th state of the nation address on the novel coronavirus, he lifted the ban on church activities partially by allowing 100 congregrants at a time.
“Religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and operation.
“They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined. I would appeal to them, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times. The Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques,”
However, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye feels it is still not safe as the opening of the church threatens the safety of the congregation and brings pressure on the church.
“Looking at Our Congregation size, Number of services required, Health of the active players in a service, Overhead cost, Pressure on equipment and facility, The logistics to put in place, i.e, writing of names per service and submitting it to the authorities, all the COVID-19 protocols.
“I deem it fit to announce to you that TMH (Destiny Arena) will remain closed for some time until we have clarity and the sanctions relaxed some more. I will entreat all of you to bear the church and its membership in prayer,”