Police in Wales arrest illegal wedding reception in ‘abandoned barn’ and fined eight Covid flouters

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Wales police catch illegal wedding reception in ‘abandoned barn’ and fine eight Covid flaws after party photos shared on Snapchat

  • Eight people were fined Saturday at the party in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
  • One image appears to show even more guests enjoying the festivities
  • A number of images of the party were publicly shared on Facebook and Snapchat

A couple who shared photos online of their illegal wedding in a barn in South Wales was arrested after police showed up at the event.

Eight people were fined after police received reports that the party was being held Saturday night in a shed in Merthyr Tydfil, in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

A number of images from the party were publicly shared on Facebook and Snapchat. The couple declined to comment.

South Wales police said eight people were in attendance, but one image still appears to show a number of guests enjoying the parties in the Heolgerrig area.

A flag with the text ‘just married’ hangs from the roof, next to an electric heater, a number of chairs and balloons.

Eight people were fined after police received reports that the party was being held in a shed in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Eight people were fined after police received reports that the party was being held in a shed in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, in violation of coronavirus restrictions

Despite the Welsh government lifting the travel ban in Wales from Saturday, ending the ‘stay local’ rule, people are still prohibited from getting together indoors with people from other households.

Covid Restrictions for UK Weddings

In England, wedding ceremonies for up to 15 people can take place indoors from April 12, when the relaxation of the lockdown takes effect.

From that date, wedding receptions can also be resumed, but must take place outside. They cannot take place in private gardens and must only take place in a Covid secured location.

From March 29 uUp 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.

In Wales, wedding ceremonies can take place at licensed locations from March 29, but receptions will remain prohibited.

Six people from two households are allowed to meet outside.

In Scotland, the limit for wedding guests at ceremonies and receptions is expected to be increased to 50 people from April 26. However, alcohol is not allowed.

Currently, only five people, including the couple and the officials, are allowed to attend a ceremony.

As in England, up to six people from two different households can meet and exercise outside.

It is unclear how many people attended the event in the Heolgerrig area, but police handed out fines to eight people upon arrival.

In February, the Welsh government reopened licensed wedding venues, such as tourist attractions and hotels, but only for holding wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships.

Wedding receptions or other social gatherings after the ceremony remain prohibited.

The number of people who can attend ceremonies depends on the size of the venue and the ability to allow people from different households to observe the social distance.

The Welsh government’s guidelines state: “Many people will want to celebrate the occasion with a reception or other social gatherings with friends and family. Four receptions are prohibited at alarm level. ‘

One person, who did not attend the event, but knew others who had been invited, said on Sunday: “There was a secret wedding gathering on private property in an abandoned barn.

Police arrived on the scene and guests walked away from the event. I know of people who were invited to the event and it was publicly visible on Snapchat cards. ‘

A South Wales police spokesman said: ‘On Saturday evening at around 5.20pm, agents attended a speech in the Heolgerrig area of ​​Merthyr Tydfil following a report of a meeting contrary to Covid’s Welsh government regulations.

‘When they were present, all those present (eight) were issued fixed penalty notices and were advised to leave the building.’

In England, wedding ceremonies for up to 15 people can take place indoors from April 12, when the relaxation of the lockdown takes effect.

From that date, wedding receptions can also be resumed, but must take place outside. They cannot take place in private gardens and must only take place in a Covid secured location.

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