After almost two months of shutting AG weddings, Kenyans can now make plans to carry out the legalization of their marriages after the ban was lifted today though not without a set of measures to ensure COVID-19 spread is curbed.
The marriage services were suspended in Nairobi over the fear of COVID-19 as it had become difficult to ensure social distancing given the big numbers as people rushed to marry amidst a crisis.
The Registrar General had then announced that marriage services were to remain suspended until further notice as the AG’s office developed safety measures in line with the Ministry of Health directive.
“We promised to communicate upon resumption of services, we are now back” Mary Njuya has said.
Garden weddings will now be limited to 15 people while a private wedding at AG’s office will be restricted to four as marriage services are set to resume on Monday.
All applications will be done online and so those who will wish to register for marriage will now need to send their applications online and not visit Sheria House as was previous done.
A couple in Kenya is required to register for marriage by submitting copies of identification cards and colored passport size photos (for both parties) and 600 shillings which is normally followed by a notice that runs for 21 days in case anyone has sufficient reasons why the couple should not be married.
The couple is expected to pay 3,300 shillings in the scenario that the marriage ceremony will take place at the Registrar’s Office upon which the date is given depending on the number of people waiting to be married.
The couple is expected to also pay 800 shillings after the 21-day notice to obtain a certificate.
If it was in your plans to get married, this definitely is the right time if you feel it cannot wait for the COVID-19 virus to end.