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General News of Thursday, 25 June 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Rivers State issues new COVID-19 guidelines for marriage, burial ceremonies

New COVID-19 guidelines for marriage and burial ceremonies have been approved by the Rivers State Executive Council.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, while addressing newsmen.

Prospective couples are advised to register through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in the state.

“Such applications must be accompanied with information on the venue of the ceremony, names, addresses and phone numbers of attendees to make contact tracing easy if the need arises.

“Marriages would not have more than 50 attendees, including family members who must wear face masks and adhere strictly to social distancing of not less than two meters.

“While church weddings must be conducted between 9am and 12noon, traditional marriages would be conducted between 4pm and 7pm.

“Venues of marriages must have provisions for running water and soap at three points and the venue decontaminated after the event,” he said.

A fine of N10 million will be paid by those who violate the guidelines on marriage ceremony in the state.

Also, families who wish to burial their loved ones must provide names, phone numbers and house addresses of those who will attend the ceremony.

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