Wedding and Civil Partnership Guidelines from July 4, 2020
COVID-19 has thrown the wedding world into chaos. The Government has published new guidelines on June 29 around weddings and civil partnerships beginning July 4, 2020. We are sharing the key points from the guidelines. You should read the full guidelines here.
Gatherings of up to 30 people can happen in licensed wedding venues as long as social distancing measures are followed. This means people from different households must keep 2 metres apart, or 1 metre apart with risk mitigation (face masks, shields).
From the guidelines, “This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, officiants and guests. It also includes any staff who are not employed by the venue, which may include photographers, security or caterers. It does not include staff employed by the venue.”
This means that you will need to include your photographer, videographer, registrars, and any other wedding vendors required to be present within your 30 people.
Singing, chanting, and/or the use of musical instruments during the ceremony should be avoided as they may spread droplets which can transmit the virus. Use of piano, organ, guitar, harp, or other non-wind based instruments is permitted. Remember to include any hired musicians in your headcount of 30 people.
Receptions are not permitted to take place yet. However, you can host a small celebration within the social distancing guidelines. This currently means up to 2 households indoors, or up to 6 people outdoors.
Guests should not attend if they present with any symptoms. You can check symptoms on the NHS website. Any guests who are shielding because they are extremely clinically vulnerable should not attend. Those over 70 years old are still advised to stay at home and minimise social contact.