New Delhi: With the onset of the wedding season and the simultaneous jump in the number of COVID-19 cases, it’s not a good time for the bridegrooms, especially after a Patna wedding actually opened a can of COVID-19 cases. Also Read - India's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 9 Lakh Mark; 28,498 Fresh Cases, 553 Deaths in Last 24 Hours | Key Points
A wedding ceremony in rural Patna a fortnight ago where the groom was running a high fever, two days before he died and his body cremated without being tested for COVID 19, appears to have set off the biggest infection chain in Bihar so far. According to reports, on June 15, the date of the wedding, he was running a high fever and wanted the ceremony to be deferred, but relented upon the insistence of family members who made him swallow paracetamol tablets and go through the rituals. Also Read - Pune Lockdown News: Section 144 Imposed Across The City as 10-day Total Shutdown Begins Today, Tough Measures Till July 18
On June 17, his condition deteriorated significantly and family members made a dash to AIIMS, Patna, but he died on the way. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown Extension: Flights, Trains Already Scheduled to Run as Usual Till July 22 | Check Details
According to MHA guidelines, not more than 50 people can attend a wedding. For last rites, the number is 20. However, states are modifying the rules.
West Bengal: Though there is a lockdown in containment zones until July 31, the Mamata Banerjee government has allowed 50 people for both wedding and death rituals.
Madhya Pradesh: Authorities have eased norms for weddings in Bhopal and Indore, the two worst-hit districts of Madhya Pradesh amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, citizens won’t have to take prior permission from the authorities to organise weddings in both the districts, which are in the red zones.
According to fresh relaxations, 50 persons can attend weddings in Indore, while 40 guests are permitted in Bhopal. Earlier, the maximum limit of wedding guests in Indore was 12 and 20 in Bhopal. As many as 50 guests can be invited to a wedding, apart from 10 service providers like bands, hairdressers etc.
Karnataka: There will be a complete lockdown on five Sundays in Karnataka, starting from July 5 to August 2. However, essential activities and marriages already fixed on these days shall be permitted. But now new wedding will be allowed to be planned on a Sunday.