Karnataka government comes to rescue of betrothed
In a reprieve for all those who had planned to tie the knot on the last two Sundays of May, the Karnataka government on Thursday clarified that marriages that have already been already scheduled for May 24 and 31 will be exempted from the ‘total Sunday lockdown’ measures which are a part of the administration’s rules for Lockdown 4.0.
The clarification comes following a petition from members of the public seeking permission to go ahead with marriages that were already scheduled on these dates.
Announcing the fourth phase of lockdown restrictions, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had on Monday said that curfew would continue from 7 pm to 7 am and that there would be a complete lockdown on Sundays till May 31.
The ‘Sunday shutdown’ would have made weddings impossible to conduct as it implies strict restrictions on public transport, shops and establishments and even on movement of people.
“It was ordered that there will be a complete lockdown on Sundays, but as marriages have already been scheduled on these days, they will be considered as a special case,” Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority member-secretary TK Anil Kumar said in the clarification.
Deputy Commissioners can now allow marriages to be held on May’s last two Sundays, provided all the guidelines are followed.
Not more than 50 guests, no AC, no consumption of liquor and paan, no invitation to people aged above 65 and below 10 or to pregnant women, are some of the guidelines, according to the advisory issued by the state health department last week.
The advisory also barred people from containment zones from attending such events.