Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has signed a new Executive Order to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Order prescribes N10m fine for any burial conducted without the permission of the government and contrary to the provisions of the order.
The Order, RVSG – 122020, which has been gazetted, issued new guidelines for conducting burials during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section 3 stipulated that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the governor for approval through the Commissioner for Health.
Section 4 reads:
“The applicant shall pay a penalty of N10,000,000 to the government of Rivers State for any breach of the conditions, guidelines or protocols specified in the approval and set out herein.”
The order stipulates that if the deceased died of coronavirus, the burial must hold between 9am to 12noon, with not more than three hours and not more than 50 persons including family members in attendance.
People attending such the burials must maintain social distancing of not more than two metres adding that all surfaces and enclosures must be decontaminated after the burial.