Daily US Times, Manila: An annual mass wedding ceremony in the Philippines saw face masks and health checks amid coronavirus outbreak. In the city of Bacolod, Philippines 220 couples got married and exchanged vows and kisses in the government-sponsored event.
Lovers and relatives dared the virus to attend the mass ceremony. The annual mass weeding event takes place every year.
This year, precautions have been taken due to the threat of coronavirus which killed 2,345 people.
The lobby of the city hall looked like a sea of gowns and white shirts gowns, dotted with the blue of the masks provided by the authorities, which were mandatory for all.
”It feels different to kiss while wearing masks, but it was required,” said John Paul Inventor, 39, who married his partner of seven years and the mother of their two children.
Participants had to complete health declarations with the last 14 days of travel history, the quarantine period for coronavirus and the maximum incubation time for the virus.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who arranged the function said if the families are strong, the Bacolod city becomes strong too.
The mass wedding is a tradition in the city which took place after Valentine’s day every year. In 2013, a record 2,013 couples got married in the ceremony.
The coronavirus outbreak was originated from a seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus killed 2,345 people, mostly in China and nearly 80 thousand people have been infected by the virus.
The virus has since spread in 26 countries. South Korea is facing the most serious situation with more than 500 confirmed cases and two deaths. There have been 11 deaths reported outside of China so far.