Weddings CAN take place indoors for 15 people in hotels and other licensed venues from April 12 after ministers admit – but receptions must still take place outdoors
- The wedding industry had infuriated that larger events on April 12 might not return
- Roadmap says that up to 15 people can attend when rules are relaxed
- Claims there was confusion as to whether that meant events could take place indoors
- The government has now clarified that weddings can take place indoors at all licensed locations
- Receptions must still take place outdoors, however, despite corporate frustration
Larger weddings may continue from April 12 after ministers gave in to claims that 7,000 couples would have to cancel.
The trade association says the government has clarified that hotels and other licensed buildings may be held within ceremonies for up to 15 people when the lockdown relaxation takes effect.
Earlier this month, it appeared that weddings would only be allowed in places of worship, public buildings and outdoor hangouts.
But the UK Weddings Task Force warned that licensed venues would be excluded where 71 percent of weddings usually take place – with claims that 7,000 may need to be postponed or canceled.
Now it has emerged that the government has admitted that all sites licensed to hold ceremonies may be kept indoors from April 12 – even though many should not be open otherwise.
This also applies to hotels, conference centers and holiday accommodation.
However, the task force said the government had told them there will be no flexibility for the strict restrictions on receptions.
According to the government roadmap, up to 15 people – not counting children under five – can attend weddings and receptions when the discharge takes place next month (Stock image)
Confusion has emerged as to whether the April 12 date only applied to outdoor gatherings or meant that events could be staged indoors.
The explanation to the trade association read: ‘The rules for wedding receptions are different. The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outside than indoors.
Therefore, at step 2 – no earlier than April 12 – wedding receptions can resume, but must take place outside. These cannot take place in private gardens and may only take place in a Covid secured location. ‘
Weddings Taskforce spokeswoman Sarah Haywood told MailOnline: “We understand why industry activity was curtailed when we were in the eye of the storm, fighting the pandemic and protecting lives.
‘But with the successful roll-out of vaccines and the possibilities that tests offer to determine Covid status, we do not understand why this sector is lagging behind again.
‘We can organize events within the guidelines, just as locations that organize broader events will do for that. ”
The prime minister’s roadmap announced in February said that up to 15 people – not counting children under five – will be able to attend weddings and receptions when the discharge takes place next month.
But there was confusion as to whether that only applied to outdoor gatherings or meant that events could be staged indoors.
The schedule published in February stated that as of April 12, “Weddings, receptions, and memorial events, including vigils, can take place with up to 15 attendees (in buildings that may be open).”
As of March 29, up to six people are allowed to attend weddings, after months when ceremonies were allowed only in ‘exceptional’ circumstances.
The turnout will rise to 30 from May before all limits are lifted the following month.
Boris Johnson himself is thought to be planning to marry fiancé Carrie Symonds when restrictions are relaxed – although they have not revealed a date.
Boris Johnson himself would plan to marry fiancé Carrie Symonds when restrictions are relaxed – though they haven’t revealed a date