Several couples get married on ‘Lockdown Sunday’ in Karnataka, after state permits pre-scheduled weddings

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 24 : A couple got married in Bengaluru today, even as Karnataka government has announced a complete lockdown on Sundays, as part of the fourth phase of COVID-19 shutdown till the end of this month.

The marriage ceremony on this Sunday was possible thanks to a clarification given by the state government for marriages, which has been already scheduled for May 24 and May 31 to be exempted from the Sunday complete lockdown.

At today’s wedding, the rituals were performed with compliance of all guidelines including ensuring social distancing and capping the number of guests at 50.

Satish, the groom said, “Government has allowed weddings with up to 50 people in attendance but we decided to invite only 25 people to the ceremony”.

Meanwhile, in the Honnali Honnali area of Davanagere, BJP MLA MP Renukacharya distributed masks to three newly-wed couples.

As per an earlier advisory issued by the State government more than 50 guests, no air conditioning, and the consumption of liquor and paan are among the guidelines to be followed for holding weddings in the state. Also, people aged above 65 and below 10 as well as pregnant women have been barred from participating in the event.

According to the advisory, sanitisers should be provided at the entry and other appropriate places at the venue. Also, thermal screening of all persons shall be conducted at the entry of the venue. The scanner should be held 3-15 cms away from a person’s forehead.

Apart from this, the venue shall be “clean and hygienic,” and a “nodal person shall be identified for overseeing the arrangements and coordination at the venue.” Also, a list of attendees with contact details has to be maintained and all guests should have downloaded Aarogya Setu app.

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