Government Suspends Marriage Services Indefinitely

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COVID-19 saw many couples cancel off their weddings, because of the government directive on social distancing. But the waiting saw many defy the odds and break the norm to get married with just a handful of guests present and this has become the new normal.  B The number of couples visiting the office of the Attorney General has become a little too much in this COVID-19 pandemic and the government has been forced to take drastic measures.

The office has been forced to temporarily suspended marriage services. The Registrar-General Mary Njuya in a statement noted that that the services will be temporarily halted to allow the department to develop a strategy on handling the high number of clients in compliance with Ministry of Health guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

This comes days after the AG’s office resumed a partial re-opening of selected marriage services, as the overwhelming number of clients was posing a risk in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Following the partial re-opening of selected marriage services on Monday, it was observed that the number of clients who visited Sheria House seeking the same was overwhelming and went against the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health on curbing the spread of Covid-19. As a result, the office has temporarily halted all marriage services in order to develop a clear roadmap on re-opening in an organised manner as guided by the Ministry of Health and to further ensure that safety measures are undertaken in the workplace,” read the statement in part.

As soon as the pandemic hit the country, the office had plans to have those who had marriages booked and paid for before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country rescheduled on a priority basis. In the statement, the office assured Kenyans that they were working to ensure that they resume the services as soon as possible.

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