Bride goes solo for wedding reception as officials quarantine groom
Erumapetty: A wedding reception here surprised all as the bride went solo without the groom. It is learnt that the groom who arrived from China did not attend the function as he is being quarantined for coronavirus outbreak. The family postponed the ceremonial wedding and hosted only the reception as guests were invited.
It was a week ago, the man arrived at his native place in Thrissur for his wedding. From then, he was under the observation of the panchayat and health officials. The wedding was scheduled on Tuesday. But as the government strictly directed returnees from China to avoid public functions for at least 30 days, the groom’s family decided to hold the function without him.
On Monday, Tahsildar and village officer visited the groom at his residence and directed him to skip the reception.
Following this, the bride in the wedding attire arrived at the function alone to greet the guests.The bride was garlanded by the groom's mother and brought to the hall before the guests and a traditional "Sadya" was arranged for the guests.
The family informed that a grand wedding reception will be held with the groom after the quarantine period.
Panchayat sources said they came to hear about the proposed ceremony only a day before the wedding.
"We came to know about the wedding on February 3. The health inspector immediately contacted the District Medical Officer (DMO) and we sent a letter to Deputy Director.
Following the intervention of the officials, the family postponed the wedding", the sources said. No wedding rituals was held.
The youth, who is working as an accountant in Yiwu, about 1500 km from Wuhan, had reached Kochi airport on January 19.
The groom was told by the health authorities that he cannot get married as part of the health protocol of the government, which stipulates that those returning from China have to strictly report to the health authorities and quarantine themselves for a 28-day period at home, the sources said.
A local health official said a reception was held in the evening, in which the groom did not participate.
Two Medical students, a businessman and a man working in China were among those from the panchayat who had recently returned to the state, the panchayat sources said.
The LDF government had asked families of those who return from the virus affected regions to postpone marriages to prevent a possible outbreak of the disease in the state.
Three Keralite students from Wuhan university have tested positive for the corona virus, which has so far claimed 490 lives in China.
Other than the 3 positive cases from Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts, no fresh cases have been reported, the government said on Tuesday night.
At least 2,321 people are under observation at home and 100 at isolation wards at various hospitals across the state.
(with added inputs from PTI)