Vijay C Roy
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 2
Having incurred huge losses, the events and entertainment industry has sought further relaxation from the Punjab government on the ceiling of number of persons attending social gatherings.
On Thursday, Punjab increased the limit of persons attending weddings and other social functions to 100 from 30 earlier. The industry is of the view the state should allow events with a ceiling of at least 200 people on the lines of new guidelines issued by the Centre.
“With SOPs in place for the industry, we are capable of handling large events safely,” said Hardeep Singh, a trade fair organiser. The industry is also in talks with local administrative bodies to see if rules can be eased further.
With the announcement of the lockdown, the sphere of outdoor entertainment came to a standstill. The partner meets, product launches, tech and non-tech conferences, seminars, concerts and association meets were cancelled. Similarly, exhibitions and trade fairs, which constitute a major portion of their earnings, were also called off, hitting their earnings.
“The Central government has permitted social, cultural and religious functions in most parts of the country. We have requested the state to increase the ceiling so that events can take place as these are a major source of income for thousands of people,” said Ankur Kalra, founder member, Events and Entertainment Management Association.