COVID-19: Burials/Marriage ceremonies, suspended in Nigeria’s Plateau

sky news africa COVID-19: Burials/Marriage ceremonies suspended in Nigeria’s Plateau


The government of Plateau State in northcentral Nigeria, has suspended anniversaries and cultural festivals in the State, in view of the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.

It has also limited marriage ceremonies to not more than 50 persons with two meters spacing.

This was disclosed on Friday in Jos, the city capital, during a press briefing by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Prof. Danladi Atu.

According to him: “Marriages and burials should be restricted to family members and crowd of not more than 50 persons with 2 meters spacing: anniversaries and cultural festivals are hereby suspended”.

The SGS said the directive is imperative if the State will make any gain in containing the scourge.

“All public, private and tertiary institutions in the State should be closed with immediate effect. Churches and Mosques must reduce congregation with a spacing of two meters intervals and to provide running water, soap and sanitizers at their entrances.

“Motor parks, hotels, markets and super markets should also maintain two meters spacing and provide running water, soap and sanitizers at their entrances. All crowded social gatherings to be avoided, and face mask usage is encouraged”, he said.

Atu also added that all taxi, buses and tri-cycles, must have hand sanitizers.

He appealed to citizens to adhere strictly to instructions provided by government if the spread of the virus must be contained.

“Coronavirus is a serious pandemic and will not be treated with kid gloves”, Atu said.


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