COVID-19: Football Remains Suspended as Government Eases Restrictions

Football in Ghana will remain suspended until at least 31st July 2020, as government announced the further lifting of restrictions enforced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, athletics, badminton, table tennis, triathlon and cricket can however return to being played.

Accra Heart Of Oak

President Akufo-Addo in his 10th coronavirus address to the nation, lifted numerous bans that will now allow final year students from Junior High School to University level to return to school while religious gatherings will also return under strict protocols.

However, any hope that football was due to return at least behind closed doors has now been shut despite rigorous consultations between the Ghana Football Association and Ghana’s COVID-19 task force.

Spectators Disappointed

“I have, by Executive Instrument, provided for these new directions, and extended the suspension of the remaining public gatherings, as set out in E.I. 64 of 15th March, until 31st July. In here, I refer to the suspension of sporting events, nightclubs, cinemas, drinking spots, bars, beaches, festivals, funerals, political rallies, and large religious gatherings such as crusades, pilgrimages and conventions.”

Spectators at AFCON 2010

“Individual, non-contact sports can go ahead. Conferences, workshops, weddings, and political activities, except rallies, can now take place, but with limited numbers not exceeding one hundred (100) persons present, with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols,“ Nana Addo said in his address to the nation on Sunday.

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