On the 17th July 2020, the UK Government released its latest guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
What Changes Are Taking Place?
In regards to wedding ceremonies, not much is changing at the moment - the guidance still states that no more than 30 people should be in attendance (including officiants, venue staff, the wedding couple and suppliers) in a COVID-19 secure venue where guests are able to socially-distance and the length of these ceremonies should be kept to a minimum. If you want a reminder on what these rules are, you can read about it here.
The UK government has now stated that small wedding receptions can now take place following the ceremony.
When Does This New Guidance Come Into Effect?
From 1st August 2020.
What Are The New Rules Surrounding Wedding Receptions?
Sit-down meals can now take place but for no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance.
This is the only guidance the government have given regarding receptions so far.
What Does "COVID-19 Secure" Mean?
Venues need to comply with the relevant public health legislation and guidance to control public health risks, which takes into account COVID-19. Speak to your venue about their expectations on when they'll be able to open and what services they'll be able to provide.
During the ceremony and reception, all guests in attendance should be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines - 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable).
If you’d like to read the government’s full guidance it is available here.
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