What are the Covid rules for weddings from June 21?
BRIDES across the country are eagerly awaiting more news on wedding restrictions as they gear up for their big day.
But what rules will change and how will the day differ from pre-pandemic nuptials? Here's everything you need to know.
What are the Covid rules for weddings?
Couples across the country have had their wedding plans kiboshed over the last year due to the pandemic.
Although weddings are now allowed to be held, a number of restrictions remain in place – but they began to ease on May 17.
The number of attendees has been increased but many wedding traditions are still not permitted to take place.
Guests and staff must wear face coverings apart from when eating or drinking unless they are exempt.
The government hope to scrap all restrictions on weddings, civil partnerships and receptions on June 21.
Can I hold a reception?
Food and drink can be provided by venues and places of worship, as long as they follow the current guidelines set out for the hospitality industry.
Guests are advised to be "cautious" about mixing with other households, but tables don't have to be socially distanced.
Receptions outdoors, including in private gardens, are also permitted.
A broader range of venues have been able to open thanks to indoor boozing being allowed back last week.
But there is bad news for those who fancy a boogie to celebrate nuptials, as according to the guidelines, "Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple's first dance."
How many people can attend a wedding?
Guest lists have now been increased to 30 people, an increase from the previous limit of 15 attendees.
Employees at the event are not included in this figure.
This ease in restrictions was dubbed the "single biggest step" in the roadmap out of lockdown by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"It will allow us to do many of the things that we’ve yearned to do for a long time. So let’s protect these gains by continuing to exercise caution and common sense," he said.
Will there be any restrictions on weddings from June 21?
The government hoped to lift all restrictions on weddings from June 21 – but this may be delayed over concerns about the "worrying" spread of the Indian variant.
The UK is due to be fully unlocked from lockdown restrictions and social distancing rules next month.
Boris vowed to give Brits an update "by the end of the month" as the country prepares to further relax the strict social distancing rules that have been in place for more than 12 months.
If the plans for June 21 go ahead, it will mean restrictions on the number of attendees at weddings and other large-scale events will be scrapped.
The Indian B.1617.2 variant has already infected at least 3,000 people since it emerged in mid-April – and is believed to be the dominant strain across 23 areas in the UK, leading to a surge testing blitz.
Wedding industry representatives say any further delay would cause "panic" for those planning to marry in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
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