The wedding halls throughout the nation would be opening from today that is the 15th of September after the closure of 6 months.
Previously, in the month of March this year, the halls across the country were closed after the number of coronavirus cases started to surge. The National Command Operation Centre has announced that as the COVID-19 cases in Pakistan are now decreasing and the trend is a downward slope hence the halls were given the permit to reopen.
After this, the provincial governments of Sindh, Punjab, and KP issued notifications to remove the ban on the wedding halls. The halls would, however, be required to impose the SOPs strictly that have been provided by the government.
The issued directives are listed as follows:
- hugging and shaking of hands is forbidden
- people suffering from flu are not to be allowed inside the halls
- only close family members and relatives would be permitted to attend the gathering
- people inside the halls must wear face masks
- one family would be permitted to sit on one table
- regular sanitization of the halls at regular intervals
- tables should be positioned at a distance of one meter from one another
- food to be served at each table or in case of a buffet arrangement distance and gaps should be practiced
- wedding halls are to use only fifty percent of their entire capacity
- on the entrance, visitors would be checked for fevers with a thermal gun
The wedding hall owners have been asked to keep a minimum of a 2-hour gap between the various events during which the halls would be sanitized.
Wedding ceremonies would not be taking place until midnight and the halls would be closed before that. Also, the halls failing to abide by the provided SOPs would be fined and even sealed.