ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has placed a ban on indoor weddings in major cities of Pakistan due to the rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
According to a notification issued by NCOC, a ban has been placed on indoor weddings in major cities to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, the government is still allowing outdoor weddings to take place but with a limit of 1,000 guests per function and these restricts will come into effect starting 20th November, 2020.
The new restrictions on indoor weddings apply to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Hyderabad, Gilgit, Muzzafarabad, Mirpur, Peshawar, Quetta, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Abbottabad.
Current Restrictions on Wedding Halls
The NCOC placed some restrictions on indoor wedding halls last months after determining them to be high contributors to the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Restrictions were placed last month ordering wedding halls to close by 10pm and to enforce strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Furthermore, the government also place a limit of 300 guests for indoor wedding events while outdoor events were allowed a maximum of 500 guests with the function limited to only 2 hours.
Face Masks Restrictions
Moreover, the NCOC has made wearing of face masks mandatory and failure to comply will result in a Rs. 100 fine. However, the violator will be provided with three face maks.
It is pertinent to mention that Deputy Commissioner Karachi has announced a fine of Rs. 100 in case of violations and no face mask will be provided either.
Work From Home Policy Implemented
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has also decided to implement a ‘Work from Home’ policy allowing only 50 percent of the workforce into offices due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Read more: ‘Work From Home’ implemented by NCOC.