Four people have been charged for violating restrictions on public gathering and organising the Christ Embassy’s “Pneumatica Night” event which saw over 10,000 people attending with the majority of them not wearing any face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Three of them are members of the Christ Embassy Church. The fourth person is the one who manages the Fantasy Dome facility at the Trade Fair Centre.
They are said to have breached COVID-19 protocols by organising the “Pneumatic Night” event for the Christ Embassy Church during which over 10,000 people gathered in breach of the ban on mass gathering as part of efforts to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Apart from that, many people who gathered for the event, mainly the youth did not wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The charges levelled against them include failure to comply with restrictions imposed contrary to Regulation 4 of the Imposition of Restrictions (coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic) (No. 16) instrument, 2020 Executive Instrument (E.I.) 395 and Section 6 of the imposition of the restriction Act, 2020 (Act 1012).
This follows a video that has gone viral on social media in which members of the youth wing of the church at East Legon, the Airport City Church in Accra were seen dancing and shouting at a programme held last Friday night (30 April) with total disregard for social distancing and minimal wearing of masks.
The viral video has got many criticising the church whose international leader is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome for such an event without the protocols in place in the midst of COVID-19.