The Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike has given a new directive to all residents of the state with regards to modalities involved in burial ceremonies.
Naija News understands that the new directive was given as the deadly COVID 19 continues to ravage the oil-rich southern state.
According to the new order, residents of the state who wish to carry out any burial ceremony will have to apply for approval from the state governor through the Commissioner for Health. The application must come with a death certificate which must indicate whether the deceased died from COVID19 or not.
The application for approval must also come with a written undertaken from the applicant that he or she will pay a fine of N10 million if he or she flouts any of the guidelines for burial ceremonies.
According to the new order, burials in the state must hold between 9am and 12 noon and will not have more than 50 persons including family members in attendance.
All attendees must maintain social distancing. No wake keeping or service of songs must be held for a deceased person.