Would you be happy with a scaled-down wedding?
Some couples have already postponed their weddings once...
Delays to “Freedom Day” on June 21 mean weddings after this date must follow social distancing rules – so what will ceremonies look like now?
What are the main changes in a nutshell?
The current 30-people cap on weddings will still be lifted on June 21, but venues are now being asked to limit numbers based on space and to enforce social distancing measures. This means that the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place and venue staff, bands, photographers and anyone else involved in the wedding must be included in the headcount, as well as guests of all ages.
Some restrictions on ceremonies and receptions remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes Step 3 requirements on table service, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing.
What about outside events?
For events taking place in other venues, (such as a garden of a private home or on private land), organisers will need to make the space as safe as possible. A marquee or other structure in a private garden must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’ and for the limit based on safe capacity to apply.
Those planning on having more than 30 people in the chosen venue or outdoor space, must complete a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine how many attendees will be able to attend, and follow government guidance to make the event as safe as possible.
Will face coverings have to be worn?
Attendees and staff at a wedding ceremony or reception must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking) however, there is no legal requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors at a ceremony or reception. This includes when taking place in a marquee, provided at least 50% of the walled area is open for it to be classed as ‘outdoors’.
Is dancing allowed?
Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’. Dancefloors and other spaces for dancing must remain closed.
Speeches should be undertaken outside or in well ventilated areas wherever possible. Communal singing should not take place indoors.
Are you unhappy with the continuing wedding restrictions? Do you think weddings should be treated in the same way as football matches by showing proof of vaccinations and negative test results? Or would you be happy to attend a scaled-down wedding? Have you had a family wedding postponed already?
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