In a relief to hundreds of brides and bridegrooms in Karnataka, the state government allowed their wedding on Sundays, which will otherwise see full lockdown, an official said on Thursday.
Marriages pre-fixed on ensuing Sundays - May 24 and May 31 as auspicious occasions - can be performed despite the full lockdown, adhering to the safety guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the official said.
Restricting the fourth phase of extended lockdown from May 18-31 to Sundays, the state government relaxed the guidelines for week days.
"Weddings fixed on Sundays -- May 24 and May 31 -- can be performed despite lockdown across the state on those two days as per the guidelines, including limiting guests to 50, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands with a sanitiser," Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority Member-Secretary T.K. Anil Kumar said in an order.
"Only essential services will be allowed on the next two Sundays while all other activities are not permitted," he said.
"Marriages scheduled on ensuing Sundays will be allowed by the district Deputy Commissioners at the venue having good ventilation, sun light and fresh air," said Kumar in the order clarifying the exemption.
As people from containment zones are not allowed to attend the wedding, they should not be invited, it said, adding that senior citizens above 65 years, pregnant women and kids below 10 years are also barred.