Covid 19 - Updated Wedding Guidance

14 May

As the move to 17th May becomes ever closer the Government continues to roll out updates to previously issued Guidance. Yesterday Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations was issued which relates to weddings in England only.

This document is aimed at the wedding couple and seeks to manage expectations but for operators the section entitled Venues for weddings and civil partnerships provides a useful reference point.

It provides an explanation on use of buildings which are restricted and the ability to use elements of these where they have a relevant permission, plus the ability to undertake viewings in all venues for future bookings.

The document moves on to Singing, music, and entertainment and confirms:

“From Step 3, indoor professional performances can take place, including at a ceremony or reception. Although there is no limit on the number of professional performers that can perform at a ceremony or reception, the number should be determined by how many the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place between the performers and guests. Performances should follow the guidelines as set out in the performing arts guidance.

Amateur choirs, bands, or musicians may also perform in a group of up to 6 indoors. Outdoors, they may perform in multiple groups of up to 30.

All performances should follow the principles for safer singing and performing arts guidance. Communal singing should not take place indoors at either Step 2 or Step 3.”

On indoor performances it states:

Where any indoor performances are planned they should be limited in size, implement strict social distancing rules, only take place where high rates of air flow can be maintained and should use amplification systems to create volume rather than natural voices. Those planning the wedding should consider how the performers will impact the total size of the wedding party and therefore the safety of their event, although those working at the event are not included in the limits on attendees at each step.

There is a useful link to the performing arts guidance for advice on how to manage this and other entertainment aspects.

Turning to other activities:

  • Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’. Dancefloors and other spaces for dancing must remain closed but can be repurposed for additional customer seating or other relevant purposes, ensuring this is in line with the social distancing guidelines.
  • Speeches should be undertaken outside or in well ventilated areas wherever possible.

This is worthy of a read and can be used to ensure compliance under Stage 3.

Law correct at the date of publication.
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