The Catholic Arch Diocese of Owerri has released fresh directives for burials and marriages for its adherents in the State.
The directives endorsed by the Archbishop, AJV Obinna, are coming on the heels of the lifting on ban of burials by the Imo state government.
Governor Hope Uzodinma, had on Friday announced the lifting of the ban with new procedures. in Owerri.
The new rules ares part of efforts of the Catholic church in the State, to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the rules for burials include:
*The deceased will be taken from the mortuary straight to the church for the reception and Holy Mass
*There will be no lying in state in the family house before Holy Mass.Family members may go to church to view the remains before the movement to the church
* Blowing or blaring of sirens is prohibited
* No external dance show should accompany the ambulance
*Our priest is complete for the funeral mass. However, not more than 10 priests may visit to concelebrate
*There will be no more than 50 persons in the church in order to maintain social distancing
* The funeral requiem mass will not last more than 70 minutes with not more than 10 minutes homily
*All should wear face masks and wash their hands.
* There will be no more funeral oration. A member of the family will be allowed to express the family thanks in not more than 3 minutes.
*There will be no condolence collection.
*One priest is complete for the interment. However, not more than 5 priests will be there.