Turkey, wedding during coronavirus pandemic

Turkey bans engagement ceremonies to curb coronavirus

Engagement ceremonies cannot be held in 14 provinces of Turkey. Public attending weddings is now limited, and not food or drink.

Since August 26, Turkish authorities have banned engagement ceremonies among other activities in 14 of the country’s 81 provinces with the aim of curbing coronavirus infections (which in recent days have exceeded 1,400 daily positives), the Interior Ministry announced in a circular.

The directive stipulates that engagement ceremonies between the bride and groom – called kına gecesi (henna night) in Turkish – may not be held in the provinces of Ankara, Bursa, Çorum, Kayseri, Konya, Yozgat, Adana, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Van, Ağrı and Erzurum. In these provinces, weddings can only last one hour: tables and chairs will be placed keeping a safe distance, and dance floors will remain closed.

It will also be forbidden to serve all kinds of food and beverages during the celebrations, and those over 65 and those under 15 who are not first or second degree relatives of the couple, will not be able to attend these types of events. Police officers will be present to verify that these measures are being followed.

In addition to banning engagement ceremonies, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a decree on Wednesday to ensure that employees of all public institutions in the country can work flexible shifts and combining face-to-face work with teleworking, thus prolonging a measure that began to be implemented in March when the first cases of coronavirus were detected in the country.