Hundreds of brides and grooms kiss surgical masks on massive wedding in Coronavirus affected city in the Philippines
- Authorities instructed the 220 couples to wear face masks while attending the ceremony in Bacolod, Philippines
- Loving couples were also asked to complete a travel history declaration form in the last 14 days
- Three cases of coronavirus in the country so far, with one also being reported dead. Global affairs amount to 75,000
Hundreds of brides and grooms kissed wearing blue surgical masks during a massive wedding ceremony in a coronavirus-hit city in the Philippines.
The 220 lucky couples were instructed to wear the masks while they sealed their vows by authorities in the city of Bacolod, fearing the virus could spread.
Participants were also asked to complete health statements with their travel history for 14 days, the maximum incubation time for the virus.
Three people have been diagnosed with the deadly disease in the Philippines and one has also been registered. Worldwide there are more than 75,000 cases with more than 2,200 deaths.
The 220 happy couples were commissioned by the authorities in Bacolod, Philippines, to wear face masks before attending the massive wedding ceremony
The loving couples also had to fill in a health statement stating where they had been in the last 14 days
There have been three cases of coronavirus in the Philippines and one death has been reported
Beautiful pictures show the lovers trying to keep their lips through the blue surgical masks while they attend the ceremony.
The brides are dressed in white, some have views and bouquets, while the men wear white shirts.
“It feels different to kiss while wearing masks, but it was mandatory,” said John Paul Inventor, 39, who married his seven-year-old partner and the mother of their two children. “The place was packed.”
The mayor of Bacolod, Evelio Leonardia, who performed the ceremony, said, “If our families are strong, the city of Bacolod will also become strong.”
Annual mass weddings are a tradition after Valentine’s Day in the city, with a record of 2,013 couples participating in 2013.
The brides wore white dresses, some supplemented with bouquets and viels, while the men wore white shirts
The mayor of Bacolod, Evelio Leonardia, who led the ceremony, said: “If our families are strong, the city of Bacolod will also become strong”
Mass weddings are also a distinctive feature of a South Korea church that prepared hand sanitizer and handed out surgical masks for some of the 30,000 or so people attending a ceremony this month.
The Philippines registered the first coronavirus death outside of China, including three infections, all Chinese nationals, but at least three dozen of their citizens based abroad have contracted the virus.