Omicron’s restrictions in Pune put wedding celebrations between rock and anvil

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PUNE As the state government declared new restrictions in the context of the Omicron Covid variant, weddings slated for the end of the year have been severely affected.

With the limited number of guests, families preparing for weddings need to realign their preparations in terms of location, dining and guests.

The entire wedding celebration ecosystem has started to shake.

“My son’s wedding is scheduled for December 28 in Panvel and on both sides we had invited around 500 guests from all over Maharashtra. Now, under the new restrictions, only 100 guests are allowed inside the wedding hall, so we have started calling those guests who can be called later. As a result, the list is now reduced to 100 to 150 guests, and after the wedding for the pooja at our house, the remaining guests will be invited, ”said Anil Kakade, father of a groom.

Shruti Khinvsara’s wedding is scheduled for the first week of January. She said: “My wedding is scheduled for January 7th and we have booked a wedding hall with lawns and about 1,000 guests will be invited. Now, due to new strict restrictions imposed by the state government, all planning and spending will be wasted. We are confused as to whether to postpone the wedding or go with a few guests to the wedding. “

On December 24, Chief State Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a review meeting with the State Covid Task Force and it was decided to impose strict restrictions. According to new Covid state guidelines, only 100 people are allowed at indoor weddings. Although no more than 250 are allowed for outdoor weddings on open grounds and party lawns.

Much like Shruti, there are several families of brides and grooms, who organize weddings in their homes and now have to restrict the number of people attending the event. The effect is now being felt on weddings planned for December and January and February of next year.

Speaking about the impact of these restrictions on wedding venue owners, Kishore Jagdale, owner of Shreesai Wedding lawns in Kalyani nagar, said: “After the new Covid guidelines were announced, we immediately started receiving calls from families who had reserved our wedding lawn. They first cut down on the number of people and hours, and mainly the food ordering which is an important part of any wedding. Some have now postponed the wedding and two of them have canceled reservations. When such restrictions are imposed, it not only impacts wedding families, but an entire ecosystem of vendors and their workers who make their bread and butter out of them. “

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