Turkish brides don lace-trimmed masks as weddings restart

Brides in Turkey have started wearing lace trimmed face masks after weddings restarted in the country, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Turkey allowed wedding halls, theatres and internet cafes to reopen on Wednesday after three months of closure.

“There is no dancing without touching our families, and no gold ceremony,” Reuters cited bride-to-be Merve Kacar as saying, referring to a tradition where guests give gold coins to the bride and groom.

“We are not happy about it but it’s more appropriate this way,” the 24-year-old Kacar told Reuters.

Biricik Kızıltaş, a bridal gown designer, said she made a new line of masks with lace and other decorative touches in order to cheer up brides.

In early June, Turkey re-opened restaurants and cafes across the country, and lifted weekend stay-at-home orders and inter-city travel bans.

Some 1,150 wedding halls in Istanbul were cleaned and prepared for the reopening this week, state-run Anadolu news agency reported, according to Reuters.

The new rules now mean guests’ temperatures are taken and sanitisers are used upon arrival, Reuters said. Tables are separated and everyone - including the bride and groom - must wear face masks, the news agency said.

Turkey has recorded 5,167 deaths and 202,284 cases of the coronavirus since March 11, when it announced the first infection, and July 2. As of Thursday, there were 1,067 people still in intensive care units, with 372 patients intubated.

Since starting to significantly ease COVID-19 restrictions on June 1, the country has seen a rise in daily diagnoses. Between 1,000 and 1,500 cases have been recorded each day since June 11, according to official data, raising concern that some restrictions on the population may need to be reintroduced.

Some provinces of the country, including the capital Ankara, now require people to wear face masks in public places. This week, the city’s governor banned mass rallies and public demonstrations, citing an uptick in infections.