As the country returns to normalcy following a significant decline in the coronavirus cases, the provincial governments of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have decided to open marriage halls from September 15.
Both Sindh and KP governments have issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) in this regard, directing the concerned management staff to follow and implement the health guidelines strictly.
While the Sindh government’s SOPs revolve around basics only, such as social distancing and face masks, the KP government has issued a detailed document.
SOPs for Wedding Halls
- Marriage hall staff to undergo coronavirus tests
- Staff to be reduced by half at wedding halls
- Wearing face masks and practicing social distancing have been mandated
- Screening through thermal guns at entry points
- Marriage halls will be disinfected every day before each function
- Wedding halls must be closed by 10 pm
- No wedding or other ceremonies should last more than 2 hours
The entire country had been shut down following the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the government partially resumed economic activities in the third week of lockdown, cinemas, wedding halls, and hotels remained closed for almost five months.
However, with the improved virus situations, the government is reopening all the remaining sectors in phases. The hotels and restaurants were allowed to open in August, while cinemas opened earlier in September. Wedding halls have now been granted permission to operate following the go-ahead by National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).