Following the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Lagos State government has ordered all prospective couples to ensure they obtain clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission before proceeding with their wedding ceremonies. This information was made public through a ‘’Stay At Home’’ titled notice which also directed couples to ensure wedding guests do not exceed 300.
Weddings and social gatherings must not exceed 300 people with prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission
Lagos State Government
The new directive was confirmed by the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, during an interview with Punch. Mojola also expressed the government’s concern about large gatherings and weddings in the state amidst a second wave of COVID-19. He went further to reveal that clearance is free with prospective couples only having to input wedding details on the Commission’s website. In a bid to ensure that couples adhere to the clearance rule, Mojola revealed that safety marshals will be deployed to events venue.
If it is not a big wedding, maybe 50 people, 100 people, we are not really concerned. But if it is a large gathering with 300 people and above, it is mandatory that you get a clearance. It is a free clearance; no payment whatsoever.
The process is not difficult, you go online and input the details of the wedding. There might be a requirement to have safety marshals on ground, depending on the size of the wedding.
The move is to put in place some control measures to prevent super-spreader weddings and hold people accountable. It also helps us in planning. For instance, if we are envisaging 500 guests at a wedding, there will be more attention on them. We will do our regular patrols and visit such places to ensure that they comply with safety protocols
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