Kenya revises rules for weddings in effort to fight COVID-19 spike



The number of wedding guests allowed to attend the ceremony has now been reduced to 50. /Getty Images

Kenya on Thursday reduced the number of guests allowed to attend wedding ceremonies after theinter-faith council raised concern over the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

"The number of those attending should strictly be 50. Food is only served to the nuclear family," Reverend Connie Kivuti, the Vice Chairperson of the council said.

The council insisted that all the current requirements of hand washing or sanitization, 1.5 metre physical distance seating and temperature checks should still be adhered to.

For funerals, the number of those attending remains 100 and those allowed at the graveside are 15 people.

No food is allowed in the funeral.

Rev. Kivuti said the major criteria that determined the shifting in the council's guidelines were the number of new cases, daily deaths and other indicators like the positivity rate.

(With input from agencies)