Rivers imposes N10m fine for weddings against COVID-19 guidelines


The Rivers State Government has accepted COVID-19 guidelines for marriages and weddings with N10million fine to be paid by violators.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, mentioned the guidelines have been accepted by the state Executive Council in a gathering presided over by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.

He mentioned potential {couples} can be required to use to the state governor via the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.


He mentioned such software should be accompanied with data of the venue of the ceremony, names, addresses and telephones numbers of attendees to make contact tracing straightforward.

He mentioned henceforth, these looking for to bury their family members would even be anticipated to incorporate names, addresses and cellphone numbers of these to attend such funerals of their purposes.

Nsirim mentioned authorities wouldn’t grant approval to any software with out names, addresses and cellphone numbers.


He mentioned marriages wouldn’t have greater than 50 attendees together with members of the family who should put on face masks and cling strictly to social distancing of not lower than two meters.

According to him, whereas church weddings should be performed between 9am and 12midday, conventional marriages can be performed between 4pm and 7pm.


The commissioner mentioned venues of marriages should have provisions for working water and cleaning soap at three factors and the venue decontaminated after the occasion.

Nsirim mentioned after marriage ceremony receptions have been prohibited beneath the guidelines to cut back the chance of neighborhood transmission of COVID-19.


He mentioned: “All Weddings/Marraiges have an attendance restrict of 50 folks. The names, addresses and cellphone variety of all attendees have mad accessible with the appliance to allow fast contact tracing if the necessity arises.

“Soap and working water must be stored on the entrance to the venue in not lower than three locations whereas all attendees are to put on face masks and preserve social distancing of not lower than two meters.


“Church weddings are to be performed between 9am and 12midday, whereas conventional weddings are to be performed between 4pm and 7pm. Reception ceremonies aren’t permitted.

“A consultant of the Ministry can be current to watch the occasion. A fine of N10,000,000 is to be paid by anybody that places folks in danger by breaking this regulation”

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