Permission to hold marriage ceremonies at home, other venues

Hakim Hayat

Muslim couples who wish to tie the knot are no longer required to be solemnised at Syariah Courts Office starting August 3, the Syariah Courts under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced in a press release yesterday, referring to a previous rule dated March 24 for unions to only be held at the Syariah Courts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement added that applications for marriage issued after August 3 will permit solemnisation ceremonies at residences or other venues, subject to adherence to the second phase mass gathering guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The latest guidelines issued by the MoH stated that gatherings of no more than 100 people are allowed, effective yesterday, although physical distancing and other preventive measures must still be observed.

The Syariah Courts also informed that any applications for marriage registered before August 3 and to be carried out at the Syariah Courts Office will be given options to either perform solemnisations at the Syariah Courts Office, their own residences or other venues.

Those who wish to amend the date or venue of solemnisation are required to come to the Office of Marriages, Divorces, Reconciliations and Annulments of Muslim Marriages that they have registered with.

Statistics as of June 9 showed that since March 28, some 276 couples carried out marriage solemnisations at the Syariah Courts that can only be attended by limited numbers of close family members. One hundred and eighty solemnisations were in the Brunei-Muara District, 32 in Tutong, 47 in Belait and 11 in Temburong.