The bride and groom have followed government updates on Covid restrictions more eagerly than most. Glued to their TV screens when Boris Johnson gives his press conferences in Downing Street, hopes for their long-awaited wedding celebrations can be dashed minutes after the Prime Minister steps onto the No.10 podium. But what are the rules current?
The so-called “Freedom Day,” which was scheduled to take place today when all social distancing restrictions were to be lifted, has been postponed.
Under current plans, “Freedom Day” has been postponed to July 19.
This reprogramming was announced by the Prime Minister at a press conference in Downing Street on June 14, after concerns about the rise of the Delta variant in the UK.
The government’s plan to lift all restrictions, known as ‘Stage 4’ of their exit plan from lockdown, has been pushed back for four weeks to avoid an uncontrollable rise in the number of Covid cases and to give the government more time to vaccinate the British.
However, certain rules will need to be followed, which could reduce the number of participants on your special day.
The capacity limits will be imposed by the sites, the number of guests authorized at your reception will be limited to the highest number of people that your site can accommodate in a secure manner against the Covid.
For weddings on private property, including in gardens, a risk assessment will need to be completed by the organizers in advance to ensure the celebrations are held in a secure manner against Covid.
Strangely, other restrictions on weddings – including a ban on singing and dancing, and guests who must wear masks at certain times – will remain in place.
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Tables of a maximum of six will be allowed inside, indoor rooms will not be allowed to use their dance floors, only happy couples are allowed to use it for their “first dance”.
If a reception takes place on private land under a marquee, it must have two open sides to qualify as “outside”.
The rule of six indoors will remain in place for weddings in private homes, with the exception of those attending “deathbed” weddings, as in this case up to 30 guests will be allowed. .
While weddings may look a little different, newlyweds from top to bottom of the country will undoubtedly breathe a sigh of relief as most celebrations will be allowed to go as planned, albeit with some restrictions.
From June 21, funerals and vigils will follow the new capacity rules such as weddings.
Other big celebrations are not included in the new rules, big events such as festivals, unless they are part of government lawsuits, will not be allowed to take place.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-21 10:04:32