The Republic of Congo announced a 45-day ban on weddings on Wednesday, claiming that the move would help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Ceremonies for civil, religious, and traditional marriages and dowries are being suspended for a duration of 45 days,” the communications minister, Thierry Moungalla, said in a statement read on public television.
The Central African country, also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from the far larger Democratic Republic of Congo, is facing a third wave of the virus, he said, citing its national anti-Covid team.
“This extremely concerning and serious situation stems greatly from a widespread decline by the public in following distancing measures,” he said.
The decline was “particularly noticeable at wakes, burials, weddings and other festivities, in public transport,” he said, criticizing the “near absence” of controls to rectify such behavior.