As Covid spurts, UP restricts guests at weddings to 100 | Agra News

AGRA: With rising cases of coronavirus, UP chief minister has directed district magistrates to ensure that number of guests at all social functions, including weddings, be restricted to maximum 100. The auspicious time for weddings begins on November 25.
Following the CM’s orders, Agra district magistrate Prabhu N Singh reverted the earlier cap of 200 on the number of guests. Besides, directives were issued to ban the use of musical bands during wedding ceremonies.
According to the DM, special teams will be constituted to check compliance with the orders. Legal action will be taken against the violators.
Earlier, the central government, under the Unlock-5 guidelines, had permitted gatherings of 200 people at wedding ceremonies.
Additional district magistrate, Prabhakant Awasthi said, “The directives will be implemented from Sunday. All the prior permissions for inviting 200 guests stand cancelled. People organizing weddings or any other gathering will have to submit an application at the local police station for holding an event.”
Besides, adhering to new restrictions, organizers of the wedding will have to ensure that the number of guests is not be more than 50% capacity of the wedding hall or premises. For example, in case the capacity of a wedding hall is 100, then only 50 guests will be invited.
The ADM said, “In case a gathering is found taking place without prior permission or more than 100 people are present at one place or a band is playing, the event will be considered a violation of the orders of the district administration. The organizers will be booked for violation of IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and CrPC 144 (empowers an executive magistrate to issue orders in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger).”

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