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Weddings at UP do not need written permission now, bands should not be counted among the guests.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses by-election campaign rally in Bulandshahr in October 2020 | ANI

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Lucknow: Residents of Uttar Pradesh no longer need written permission from local authorities for weddings, Yogi Adityanath’s government said on Thursday.

After a meeting with senior government officials at his official residence in Lucknow, the chief minister also said members of wedding bands and DJs would not be included in the number of guests allowed to attend a wedding.

In an official statement, the CM said: “Couples do not need permission to get married, but they must inform the authorities (verbally) and strictly adhere to Covid-19 standards. “

According to guidelines released earlier in the wake of the pandemic, written permission from the local administration or the nearest police station was required for weddings.

Monday the government published new guidelines, limit the number of guests attending weddings in the state to a maximum of 100. The guidelines, however, do not specify whether band members or DJs will be counted among the 100 guests.

“Wedding ceremonies can be organized with DJs and music groups, and these members will not count towards the number of guests at the wedding,” the chief minister said on Thursday.

It comes after several music group associations met with state government officials in Lucknow on Wednesday and expressed concerns about police harassment following guidelines released on Monday.

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No police harassment will be tolerated

The CM further said strict action would be taken if complaints of police harassment against music groups or wedding venue owners were received from anywhere in the state.

“Police should educate people and encourage them to follow guidelines and no type of harassment will be tolerated in the name of adhering to Covid safety protocols,” the CM said.

According to guidelines released on Monday, if the capacity of a wedding hall is 100 or less, the number of guests can only be 50 percent of that number. The guidelines said this also applied to other public gatherings.

They also said that an FIR will be registered against those who break the guidelines and that wedding planners will be required to provide face masks, disinfectants and thermal scanners at the site. Customers will also need to adhere to social distancing standards.

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