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COVID-19: Rivers govt. sets new guidelines for marriages, burial ceremonies

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The Rivers State government has set a new guidelines for people who intend to host marriages and burial ceremonies in the state amid the current  coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim who revealed on Wednesday said, prospective couples would be required to apply to the State Governor through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.

Nsirim who revealed this while briefing newsmen at Government House Port Harcourt the state capital also added that marriages would not have more than 50 attendees, including family members who must wear face masks and adhere strictly to social-distancing rules.

The commissioner said; “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.

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“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 concluded.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.

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