Coronavirus fears prompt Singapore couple to host their own wedding banquet via livestream


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  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

Packs of free face masks for residents seen at a distribution centre in Singapore. Coronavirus fears have prompted a couple in Singapore to host their own wedding banquet via a livestreaming session from a hotel room. — AFP

A couple in Singapore hosted a hotel wedding banquet for 110 people recently via a livestream after their guests raised concerns over coronavirus, according to a report by BBC.

Joseph Yew and his wife Kang Ting has just returned from a holiday in China when they learned that their guests had expressed some worries about attending their wedding dinner due to fears of possibly contracting coronavirus.

Additionally, Yew's wife is from the Hunan province which borders Hubei, which has been identified as the virus epicenter. Yew said some guests decided to skip the wedding after finding out that the couple had just been to China.

"We wanted to postpone the wedding but the hotel was not willing to. They said everything had been arranged and it was non-negotiable. So we felt like we had no choice but to proceed with the wedding banquet," Yew said to BBC.

Yew told the BBC he decided to helped alleviate the fears of his guests by choosing to host the banquet via a livestreaming session from his room at the same hotel as the wedding banquet. He claimed the decision surprised some of his guests.

"We told the guests we would video conference in... some of them were shocked. I think if we had been there, the atmosphere would be different. People would have been wary."

He added that his parents did not like the livestreaming idea: "My parents were not (happy about it) at first but they eventually agreed."

On the day of the wedding on Feb 2, Yew and his wife celebrated with guests by popping champagne, giving toasts and speeches in their room while guests watched through the livestream.

"We thanked the guests for coming and told them to enjoy the dinner," Yew shared. He said he was not sad despite not being able to attend his own wedding: "I think there were no other options so (I have) no regrets."

According to Asia One, the couple had chosen to isolate themselves in the hotel suite at the time of their wedding. The report stated that the room was cleaned and sanitised after use, according to a statement by the hotel.

The Ministry of Health in Singapore stated there are 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country so far.

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