It will be welcome news to everyone that the government has set forth its roadmap for coming out of the lockdown that has brought the world to a standstill over the past year, and it will be exciting news for those who have had to cancel or postpone their weddings
From 8 March, the public will be able to meet one person from another household outdoors, and we can return to the Rule of Six from 29 March. But for many couples, will likely be a priority. So, when will weddings be allowed again?
Starting on 8 March, step one of the roadmap states that weddings will continue to be limited to a maximum of six attendees, and the current rules that state weddings will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances will be removed.
Step two will follow no earlier than Monday 12 April, where weddings will then be able to take place with up to 15 attendees but will be limited to premises that are permitted to open at this point. Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants are only allowed to open outdoors at this point.
Five weeks later, and no earlier than 17 May, step three means that weddings will be expanded to allow 30 attendees, reflecting the wider expansion of the limit on all outdoor groups to 30 people.
This also coincides with the reopening of indoor hospitality venues, and the requirement for a substantial mean to be served with alcohol will also be removed, as will the curfew. However, there will still be restrictions on table service.
Finally, if all goes to plan, step four, which will start no earlier than 21 June, will see the lockdown completely lifted, and the lifting on all social restrictions will mean that weddings will be able to go ahead as usual.
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