Guwahati: The Meghalaya government has decided not to allow holding of wedding reception in the two districts of East Khasi Hills District and Ri Bhoi District, which are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 positive cases recently.
The decision to ban wedding ceremonies came at a time when some 10 persons from the State have been infected in an incident related to a wedding party at a resort in Guwahati on June 30 and a reception at Shillong on July 2.
A case was also registered against 41 persons, who had attended the wedding party, violating the COVID-19 protocols.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said, “The State government has decided to not permit wedding receptions in East Khasi Hills District and Ri Bhoi District for the time being. Solemnization of marriages in places of worship will be permitted with strict adherence to protocols.”
Besides, all entry points to the neighbouring state of Meghalaya will also be closed from July 24 to 31. They included Byrnihat, Ratacherra, Bajengdoba, Tikrikilla, Mirjumla and Hallidayganj.
The decision came after the lockdown imposed in the Meghalaya capital was decided not to be extended further. The lockdown was imposed in the Shillong agglomeration from 6 AM on Monday till 6 AM on Wednesday.
Sangma said, “To unburden our health, frontline workers and district administration engaged in intensive surveillance for the past four months, State government has decided to close all entry points for the time being. Only emergency, medical services, essential commodities and transit movement of Assam vehicles will be allowed.”
The chief minister added that this period will be used to shift the entry point of Byrnihat to a new location for the smooth movement of people and vehicles. Entry points to reopen from August 1.