The current limit of 30 people for people attending weddings and civil ceremonies will be lifted from June 21
This change was announced by the Prime Minister when he announced that the lifting of the lockdown proposed on June 21 has been postponed until July 19.
However, some entertainment restrictions remain.
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How many people can attend weddings from June 21?
As of June 21, the 30-person limit for weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be lifted.
However, that will depend on how many people the venue or space “can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place,” the government said.
In certain places, for example a place of worship or a place of reception, the person in charge of the place will have to indicate to you the maximum number of people who will be able to attend.
If the event takes place outdoors, it can be partially sheltered with, for example, a marquee, provided that at least 50% of the walled area remains open.
If you have more than 30 people in the location or outdoor space of your choice, you will need to perform a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine how many people can attend.
Can I dance at my wedding?
Despite the 30-person limit being lifted, some restrictions stubbornly remain in place.
According to the government, dancing is not recommended due to the increased risk of transmission, with the exception of the couple’s “first dance”.
Dance floors and other dance spaces must also remain closed.
However, they can be used for additional seats, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
All other activities supervised by wedding attendees, such as cake cutting, may take place.
Singing in congregation and in community is “strongly discouraged”.
This is because Covid-19 is spread between people through small droplets, aerosols and through direct contact.
Singing, playing certain musical instruments, screaming and participating in physical activity increase the risk of transmission by small droplets and aerosols, the guidelines say.
What about other entertainment?
There is no limit to the number of professional artists who can perform at a ceremony or reception, depending on the number of a venue that can safely accommodate.
However, choirs, groups or amateur musicians should only perform in a group of no more than six people indoors. Outdoors, they can perform in groups of up to 30.
Outdoor performances are “preferable,” says the guide.
Do I have to wear face coverings?
Participants and staff at a wedding ceremony or reception must wear a face covering, except when eating or drinking or unless exempted.
There are exemptions for the married or united couple and the person who heads the service or officiates.
There is no legal obligation to wear a face cover outside at a ceremony or reception.
Also, if it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters then there are guidelines:
- limit the number of people or households you come into contact with
- sitting or standing side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them
- meet people outside rather than inside
- keep interactions brief
- increase ventilation
- avoid talking loudly or singing with others
Can I get married at home?
Weddings can only take place inside private homes within the limits of internal social contacts of six people or two households.
There is an exception in the case of urgent marriages where a person is seriously ill and does not expect to recover – these can take place with up to 30 people inside private homes.