Boris Johnson’s reserved wedding to Carrie Symonds takes place as Covid restrictions remain in place – with no exceptions, even for the Prime Minister.
According to Governance For England, up to 30 people can attend wedding and civil partnership ceremonies in Covid-safe venues that are allowed to open.
Receptions and celebrations are also permitted for up to 30 people indoors or outdoors. Those who work at events don’t count towards the limit.
The partial relaxation of the restrictions on May 17 raised the upper limit for the number of participants from 15 to 15 so that more people can celebrate in Covid-proof locations. Children of all ages are included in the attendance limit for both ceremonies and receptions.
Overall, the guidelines indicate that ceremonies and services “should be completed in a timely manner and limited to these elements to ensure that the marriage or civil partnership is legally valid”.
According to the applicable regulations, wedding guests and employees must wear face covers unless they are eating or drinking or there are exceptions.
Venues and places of worship can offer food and drink, but must adhere to hospitality guidelines.
The guests do not have to be placed on socially distant tables, but should receive all food and drinks while seated.
People are encouraged to “exercise caution” about social distancing at events and they are warned that close contact “including hugs” increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.
Amateur choirs, bands, or musicians can also perform at events in a group of up to six people indoors, while they can perform outdoors in multiple groups of up to 30 people. However, dancing is not permitted.
The guidelines also state: “Due to the increased risk of transmission, dancing is not recommended, with the exception of the couple’s” first dance “.”
The rules also recommend that speeches should be given outside or in “well-ventilated areas wherever possible”.
The government aims to lift all limits on weddings from June 21st. However, it depends on the outcome of a social distancing review, the event research program, and the impact of coronavirus variants.