N10 million fine for violators: Rivers sets new guidelines for marriages

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The Rivers State government has set new guidelines for marriages during the Covid-19 period within the state.

Paulinus Nsirim, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, announced the State’s Executive Council’s decision while briefing newsmen at Government House Port Harcourt.

Paulinus said prospective couples would be required to apply to the State Governor through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.

“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 the social distancing of not less than two meters.

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

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

Nsirim said after wedding receptions are prohibited under the guidelines to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

He added that violators of the guidelines would be made to pay a fine of 10 million Naira.

He also said those seeking to bury their loved ones would also be expected to include names, addresses and phone numbers of those to attend such funerals in their applications.

Pastor Nsirim said the government would not grant approval to any application without names, addresses and phone numbers.

The Rivers State Executive Council meeting was presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike