The Akwa Ibom State government has lifted the ban on weddings and burials in the state which it imposed in March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state governor, Udom Emmanuel, had announced the lifting of the ban on Thursday, saying that people who wish to organize funeral ceremonies and weddings in the state must follow strict protocol.
During a live radio and television interview in Uyo, He Said. “If you are doing funeral in an open space like a field in a primary school you must not have more than 50 people. We are not forcing you to do the burial, but if you must do it, you must do it within our guidelines. Not more than 50 people and you must adhere to all the protocol which was drafted by the Christian Association of Nigeria”
He further said that the people attending the burial must all wear facemask, have hand sanitisers, and adhere to everything that has been outlined by CAN.
And If you are doing the burial inside the church, people inside should not be more than 30, He said.
The governor said the same condition is applicable to those wanting to do weddings in the state.
He also said that Monitoring teams would be dispatched to monitor and ensure strict compliance with the guidelines!
Governor Emmanuel appealed to pastors to help in the implementation of this guidelines so as to stop the spread of COVID-1 9 in the state.
And to the people he said “Please we don’t want anybody to expose himself or his own family. If you must go out, wear a facemask. If you don’t feel like wearing mask, please stay at home. A lot of people are asymptomatic to this and they keep infecting other people without knowing. And we don’t want this to continue!