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Gujarat govt does U-turn; only 150 people allowed at weddings


Two days back, Gujarat government had raised upper limit of guests at closed-venue events to 400

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government seems to have remembered that the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet over, something that health experts have been repeating frequently. Two days after raising the upper limit of guests allowed at functions, the state government announced fresh guidelines for large gatherings.

Now, a maximum of 150 people will be allowed at marriage venues. On July 28, at a meeting of the core committee chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, it had been decided that a maximum of 400 people, or 50 per cent of the venue capacity, would be allowed for closed-place events. While this cap has been brought down to 150, religious and political gatherings can have up to 400 persons in attendance.

This could be a lesson well-learnt from the past. The spike in Covid-19 cases during the second wave had been blamed largely on the election rallies earlier this year and lifting of Covid-related restrictions when cases started reducing.

Besides raising the upper limit of guests, the state government had also announce relaxation of night curfew in eight municipal corporation areas by an hour. The night curfew in all other districts had been lifted earlier.



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