Wedding halls across Pakistan are set to reopen today (Tuesday, Sep 15) after six months of closure due to coronavirus spread.
Earlier in March this year, the halls were closed down after the number of coronavirus cases in the country spiked. The National Command and Operation Centre, however, announced that as the cases in the country were on a downward trend now and the halls were allowed to reopen.
Following this, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa issued notifications removing the ban on them. The halls will, however, have to strictly implement coronavirus precautionary SOPs given by the government.
The instructions are listed below:
- Only close family members and relatives will be allowed to attend the wedding
- No hugging or shaking of hands
- Wearing face masks is compulsory for everyone inside the halls
- People will flu will not be allowed inside the halls
- The halls will be sanitised regularly in intervals
- One family will be allowed to sit at one table
- The tables will be placed at a distance of one meter
- Food will be served at each table or a buffet system can be practiced but in gaps
- Halls to use only 50% of their capacity
- Visitors will be checked for fevers with a thermal gun before entering
Wedding hall owners have also been directed to keep a minimum two-hour interval between different events during which the halls will be sanitised.
Wedding ceremonies will not take place till midnight and the halls will be closed before that.
Halls failing to comply with the SOPs will be fined and even sealed, the notification added.