Covid wedding rules could change in DAYS: Masks could be ditched, singing rules relaxed & table service scrapped
COVID wedding rules could change in DAYS with masks ditched and table service potentially scrapped.
Ministers are said to be keen to make small changes to wedding rules – so that couples' happy day isn't ruined by tough restrictions.
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The new changes could be announced in the coming days – but the current rules on dancing and singing are likely to remain in place.
Penny Mordaunt, Cabinet Office minister, and Paul Scully, the business minister are developing measures to allow Covid rules to be relaxed for wedding guests.
Dads will be allowed to walk their daughters down the aisle without wearing a face mask – if the rules are changed.
And guests will be able to move between tables carrying drinks – instead of being made to sit in their places, reports the Telegraph.
Ministers are said to be desperate to make small changes to wedding Covid rules in order to pick off "low-hanging fruit" in current restrictions.
On May 17, the number of people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions was increased to 30 people from the previous limit of 15.
But despite pushing back the lifting of restrictions on June 21, the Prime Minister has lifted the limit on numbers allowed to attend weddings.
It means there is no longer a cap on the number of guests permitted – it is down to individual venues.
The new rules mean weddings taking place in Covid-secure venues must take a risk assessment to assess the number of people who can be there, within social distancing guidelines.
For weddings on private land, including in gardens, a risk assessment must be made by the people putting on the wedding.
The new rules will bring weddings into line with funerals, which has curbs on numbers lifted on May 17.
This comes after news that couples will be able to tie the knot outdoors from next month in an overhaul of the country’s archaic marriage laws.
From next month, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will be allowed inside a house, a garden or even on the beach.
It will give a greater choice to couples and provide a much-needed boost to the catering sector badly hit by Covid restrictions.
Under current laws people can only wed in licensed venues such as a church, register office or hotel with an approved room or permanent structure.
But in a shake-up being rushed through Parliament, it will now be possible to have the whole ceremony outside such a venue – raising the prospect of Hollywood movie-style nuptials.
Apart from kick-starting the wedding industry and making gatherings more Covid secure, it will also create a new opportunity for couples getting married on a tight budget.
Ministers will lay a statutory instrument in Parliament on June 30 to amend the regulations with effect from the following day.
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