Residents of Rivers state who hold public burials during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak, would be liable to pay a fine of N10 million Naira.
This was contained in the Executive Order Prescribing Guidelines for Conduct on Public Burials in Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Wike, released on Monday, and published on June 5th.
The guidelines affects persons who died from February 1st, 2020.
The guidelines also specified residents must apply for governor’s approval through the Commissioner for Health, if they need to hold burials.
In the application, applicants must attach “a death certificate showing cause of death, in particular whether or not it was related to Covid-19.”
The Order says the governor may according grant approval for relatives to conduct public burials for their loved one if cause of death is not Covid-19 related.
Also, participants at the burial should not exceed 50, and the event must not last 9a.m., to 12pm, while adhering to all Covid-19 containment protocols in the presence of state observers.
If the diseased died of Covid-19, the “Commissioner for Health shall direct the applicant to hold the burial immediately under strict supervision of officials of the state Ministry of Health”, the Order added.