Weddings are permitted at high-end hotels but invitees from both sides must be restricted to a maximum of 100. The tradition of guests kissing the newly-wed couple is made taboo.
In a statement, Health Service Deputy Director-General (Environmental Health & Food Safety) Dr. Lakshman Gamlath said it is illegal to invite and host events accomodating more than 100 persons even at venues which can accomodate larger crowds.
Simultaneously, the number of participants at a wedding ceremony should not exceed 40 per cent of a reception hall's capacity. "People should keep in mind not to exceed the 40 per cent seating limit at any reception hall. They cannot for any reason invite more than 100 guests either," he said.
Explaining further Dr. Gamlath said some venues are designed to house large gatherings and therefore the 40 per cent seating capacity could mean a number higher than 100 persons. However, he said, regardless of the venue's capacities, the number of participants at a ceremony should be limited to 100 persons.
He said it is compulsory to maintain the distance between two persons as well.
"It is better to maintain a minimum number of participation at wedding ceremonies according to the health guidelines issued by the Health Ministry to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The guidelines which were issued on April 27 are still in effect and the official statements issued in this regard could be downloaded from the health ministry official website," Dr. Gamlath said.
“The participation of a minimum number of people would help prevention of COVID-19 spread,” Dr Gamlath added.