Punjab government has decided to reopen wedding halls and marquees from 15 September after a decline in Coronavirus cases across the province.
However, the administrations of the halls must ensure adherence to COVID-19 SOPs devised by the provincial government.
According to the COVID-19 SOPs prepared by the Punjab government, everyone inside the hall including the bride and groom must wear facemasks all the time.
The relatives of the bride and groom must observe considerable distance during family group photos.
Management of a wedding hall will be required to accommodate guests to only half of the total capacity. It must ensure that waiters and other staff members wear facemasks and the availability of hand sanitizers in the halls.
Chairman Rawalpindi Marriage Halls Association, Asif Iqbal, has lauded the decision of the provincial government but demanded a relief package to make up for the losses incurred during the Coronavirus induced lockdown.
The government should also announce a relief package for the marriage halls and marquees along with their reopening to cover the losses incurred during the prolonged closure under COVID-19 lockdown.
He added that there are around 400 small and big wedding halls and marquees in the Rawalpindi district alone. All of them have started preparations for the resumption of normal business from next week.