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Coronavirus: How are weddings working around the UK?

Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:14 am

Coronavirus: How are weddings working around the UK?

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Lockdowns across the UK mean that weddings and civil partnership are currently very restricted.

Receptions are not allowed in any part of the UK, while ceremonies in England are only allowed to take place in exceptional circumstances.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is his "hope and belief" that mass testing and the vaccine rollout mean people will be able to get married "in the normal way" by next summer.

What are the wedding rules around the UK?
Weddings were first banned when the national lockdown began on 23 March.

They are now allowed, but the current temporary lockdowns in place across the UK mean the rules are much stricter than they have been in previous months. Receptions are not currently allowed to take place anywhere.

    - In England, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example if one of the couple is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Up to six people can attend, not including those working at the event.
    - In Scotland, ceremonies can be held with up to five people, including the couple, witnesses and the officiant, provided the venue's capacity allows for 2m (6ft) social distancing. Six people are allowed if an interpreter is required.
    - In Wales, wedding ceremonies can take place in approved venues. The maximum number of attendees is determined by building's capacity, to allow social distancing between households.
    - In Northern Ireland, up to 25 people can attend a ceremony, although events with more than 15 people require a risk assessment. Face masks must be worn by guests.

What should I do if I am due to get married soon?
If you feel your day will be too different from what you wanted, it is generally better to postpone rather than cancel.

But couples ''need to be understanding" of current issues for venues and suppliers, says Henrietta Dunkley of Ellis Jones Solicitors.

Many companies may have lost significant sums of money, so aim for a solution that works for everyone, she advises.

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