The Rivers State Government has said that violators of COVID-19 guidelines for marriages and weddings will pay a fine of N10million.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim made the announcement on Thursday.
He said the guidelines were approved by the State Executive Council in a meeting presided over by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Nsirim stated that prospective couples would be required to apply to the state governor through the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.
“Those seeking to bury their loved ones would be expected to include names, addresses and phone numbers of those to attend such funerals in their applications.
“All Weddings/Marraiges have an attendance limit of 50 people. The names, addresses and phone number of all attendees have mad available with the application to enable quick contact tracing if the need arises.
“Soap and running water has to be kept at the entrance to the venue in not less than three places while all attendees are to wear face masks and maintain social distancing of not less than two meters.
“Church weddings are to be conducted between 9am and 12noon, while traditional weddings are to be conducted between 4pm and 7pm. Reception ceremonies are not permitted.
“A representative of the Ministry would be present to observe the event. A fine of N10,000,000 is to be paid by anyone that puts people at risk by breaking this regulation,” the Commissioner said.