Pune Issues New Guidelines for Wedding Functions; No More Than 50 People Allowed

Pune Issues New Guidelines for Wedding Functions; No More Than 50 People Allowed

Pune has been seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases this month. With the circumstances in mind, the district administration has provided new guidelines for rural and urban areas with regard to social functions, particularly weddings. 

The district’s new guidelines are based on the Maharashtra Government’s fresh phase of reopening the economy and public gatherings under ‘Mission Begin Again’. The new rules laid out by the district collector of Pune will permit wedding functions to go on as long as health department rules are followed strictly. 

This includes allowing no more than 50 people to be gathered at a wedding function including backroom staff (catering, decorations, priests, and so on). 

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The District Collector of Pune, Rajesh Deshmukh has also said that social distancing should be followed by everyone at the event including the staff, while also wearing masks at all times.   

Here are some of the other guidelines issued by the district administration:

  • Consumption of alcohol/gutkha is strictly prohibited. Those caught spitting at the event will be prosecuted.

  • Event organizers have been asked to make sure there’s no air conditioning enabled for the venue.

  • Commonly managed surfaces like serving areas, washrooms, chairs, tables, etc should be frequently disinfected in line with health department norms.

  • A video recording of the event (if available) shall be handed over to the local police officials within five days of the event.

It is said that any venue that is found to be in violation of the guidelines will be sealed immediately. “A flying squad comprising of Police Patil, Gam Sevak, Talathi and policeman should be constituted to conduct visits to the location of the event and ensure that rule are followed. In case of violations, the squad will register a police complaint,” the district collector’s notification read.

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