Government advised to reopen marriage halls, marquees amid pandemic

Government advised to reopen marriage halls, marquees amid pandemic

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Owners of marriage halls, lawns and marquees have asked the government to allow them to resume operations as the industry and related industries experience the losses of millions of rupees daily.

“Previously when a wedding took place, the industry itself and its allied industries earned Rs3,000 to Rs5,000 per person,” said Junaid Naqi, one of the owners of Courtyard Marquee.

“When a person, especially woman, who wants to attend a wedding ceremony, will buy a dress for the event and get services of a salon,” he elaborated.

Moreover, the wedding guests will spend money on travel and hosts of the event will serve food, juices, ice cream, cakes and many more things. “This process creates a chain of economic activities,” he added.

“Considering the whole economic chain of the wedding industry, we can conclude that it means the sector earns revenue of more than Rs9.75 million (3,250 x Rs3,000) or Rs16.25 million (3,250 x Rs5,000) on a daily basis.”

From the above-mentioned estimate, “we can gauge the loss the industry is suffering and the subsequent unemployment as a result,” he said. “Therefore, the government must allow the wedding industry to resume its activities.”

“Marriage halls can easily reopen with proper precautions and standard operating procedures (SOPs).” The government can restrict the number of guests to 250.

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