COVID-19: Lagos Govt Reissues Guidelines On Weddings, Religious Activities, Others

(FILE) A health worker is seen wearing a PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Lagos State government has stressed the need for residents to comply with the restrictions on various activities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a bid to tackle the outbreak of the disease at the early stage of its second wave which has begun to manifest, it reminded the residents of 13 guidelines to follow to prevent a further spread of the virus in the state.

These include making it mandatory for prospective couples to obtain clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission before weddings can take place.

Churches and mosques were also directed to ensure COVID-19 protocols were strictly followed and attendance must not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue.

The government also asked clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home while bars, night clubs, and pubs must remain closed.

See the guidelines contained in a notice titled ‘Stay At Home’ and released on Christmas Day below:

Meeting friends and family – Maintain adequate social distance.

Bars and pubs – All bars, night clubs, and pubs are to remain closed.

Retail – Retail shops can open but should ensure COVID-19 protocols.

Work and business – Some staff must work from home to reduce crowd in workplace.

Education – All schools are to remain closed until further notice.

Exercise – Maintain safe distance.

Entertainment – No carnivals/ concerts or street parties and jamborees.

Personal care – Wash your hands regularly, use alcohol-based sanitisers, maintain social distancing.

Overnight stays – The midnight to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains.

Wedding and social gatherings – Must not exceed 300 people with prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission.

Places of worship – To follow COVID-19 protocols and not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum capacity for attendance.

Clinically extremely vulnerable – Are advised to stay at home.

Travelling – All non-essential travels are seriously advised against.

COVID-19: Yemen Weddings Air On Live TV To Avoid Virus Shutdown

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File: A woman (L) wearing a face mask adjusts a wedding dress as a couple poses for wedding photos in Beijing on June 23, 2020.  WANG Zhao / AFP

 

The Yemeni grooms sit expectantly inside a TV studio, waiting for their wedding parties to be broadcast live so that families and friends can join in the celebrations despite a coronavirus lockdown.

The pandemic has forced weddings to be scaled down or cancelled across the world but in the Yemeni capital Sanaa the traditional folk music and dancing have been beamed into people’s homes instead.

Well-wishers call into the satellite channel Alhawyah to offer their congratulations to the grooms, dressed in their finest clothes and with rifles propped up next to them and traditional daggers tucked into their belts.

As the number of coronavirus cases began to rise in war-ravaged Yemen, Alhawyah — Arabic for “identity” — began hosting wedding parties with the aim of reducing guest numbers and preventing the spread of the virus.

Participants are sprayed with disinfectant before entering the studio for the all-male gatherings, where a popular band performs.

Before the pandemic, weddings in Yemen were lively affairs that drew hundreds of guests — both men and women but separately in line with tribal tradition. The men spent the evening chewing qat, a mild narcotic that is a mainstay of Yemeni culture.

Presenter Abdulwahab Yahya said the idea of the show is “to keep the bridegrooms in good health and to help them enjoy their weddings despite coronavirus”.

“Instead of guests coming to wedding halls to greet the bridegrooms, they can phone and greet them during the two-hour show,” he said.

Osama al-Qaood spent months trying to organise his big day before opting for a televised event.

“Normal wedding gatherings will help spread the disease to neighbourhoods and communities. My real joy is to ensure a healthy society,” he told AFP.

Yemen is engulfed in a long war between Iranian-backed Huthi rebels, who control much of the north including Sanaa, and the government which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

Five years of conflict have killed tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, and created what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

UN agencies and humanitarian groups have warned that Yemen’s dilapidated health system will not be able to cope with a major outbreak of coronavirus.

Authorities have so far reported 967 cases including 257 deaths, but the real toll is feared to be much higher.

“I hoped that I would be able to organise a normal wedding where relatives and friends get together to celebrate,” said another of the grooms, Mohammed al-Rahoumi.

“But amid the spread of coronavirus, we came to the TV channel to receive greetings,” he told AFP.