After a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, the country seems to be returning towards routine and normalcy. Following the reopening of educational institutes, the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government have decided to reopen the marriage halls as well from 15th September.  

Although the stats have shown a significant decline in coronavirus growth, we still have to follow the precautionary measures to avoid contact with the virus as it still prevails. The Sindh and KP government have instated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the management and staff of marriage halls to follow. They are also advised to implement safety protocols to ensure the well-being of people. 

Both the governments issued separate guidelines. Sindh government issued basic SOPs (e.g. wearing masks, social distancing) whereas the KP government issued a detailed SOP guideline. 

Standard Operating Procedures for Wedding Halls 

  • Management staff of marriage halls should go through COVID-19 testing 
  • Staff should be reduced to half in the marriage halls 
  • Wearing face masks and keeping a social distance is mandatory  
  • Ensure the screening through thermal guns at each entry point 
  • Before functions, marriage halls should be disinfected every day  
  • 10 pm will be the closing time of marriage halls 
  • Maximum 2 hours for each function (wedding/ other ceremonies) is allowed  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole country had gone through lockdown restrictions. Governments allowed necessary economic activities to be resumed after a few weeks of lockdown however, marriage halls, restaurants, cinemas, etc. remained closed up till now.  

As the stats show a decline in the COVID-19 situation which seemed impossible a couple of months ago, the government is planning to reopen the remaining sectors in phases. Last month, governments allowed the hotels and restaurants to restart their businesses, and the start of this month came with the news of cinema reopening. Now is the time to reopen marriage halls. Nonetheless, each reopening decision has been made following the permission from National Comand and Control Center (NCOC).