Updated and new guidance published on events amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated and new guidance published on events amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Cabinet Office has updated guidance and published new guidance on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, funerals, wakes and commemorations during coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is for couples planning to get married or enter into a civil partnership, and managers of venues. The guidance documents explain the changes in coronavirus restrictions from 21 June 2021, what can and cannot be done, steps to take when holding an event in other venues, social distancing measures, choosing a venue and risk assessments.

Key points from the guidance include:

• from 21 June 2021, there will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law. The number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place

• for individuals having more than 30 people, a coronavirus risk assessment must be completed

• events must not happen indoors at private dwellings, unless they are urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover

• viewings can continue to take place, with appropriate coronavirus mitigation measures in place at any venue that is not required in law to remain closed

The updated guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations’ can be viewed here.

The new guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to safely plan a wedding or civil partnership, or funeral, wake or commemoration’ can be viewed here.

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