Brazilians say ‘I do’ at drive-thru weddings to avoid virus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For João Blank and Erica Blank’s first moment as husband and wife, they could only sit together in the back of a hatchback, where they had just been wed. A Brazilian notary public hovering outside the car presided over Thursday’s ceremony. The drive-thru marriage perhaps wasn’t the romantic vision the Blanks had imagined, but it is one of few possibilities in the era of the new coronavirus.  People have begun turning to this unconventional union at a notary in Santa Cruz, a neighbourhood on the western outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, since the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus started battering Brazil. On Thursday alone, 15 couples were married at its drive-thru. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin