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Wedding halls across Pakistan are set to reopen today (Tuesday) after six months of closure.

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 weddingNo hugging or shaking of hands Wearing face masks is compulsory for everyone
inside the halls People will flu will not be allowed inside
the hallsThe 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.

Abdul Gh Lone