Weddings will not be restricted to 30 people from June 21 - despite the Government delaying step four of its roadmap out of lockdown for a month.

It means there will be no numerical limit on either receptions or ceremonies - either indoors or outdoors - but social distancing will still need to be observed.

Instead, capacity limits will be the highest number of people venues can accommodate while still being Covid-secure. This is the approach that is already taken to funerals.

Mr Johnson confirmed the delay in a Downing Street press conference this evening.

Amid concern around the Delta variant of coronavirus, advisors believe moving step four three or four weeks to July 19 could prevent a wave of hospital cases as bad as last April's.

The 30-person limit will also be lifted on weddings outdoors on private land, including in gardens. There will be a risk assessment which organisers need to fill out.

It will mean weddings with hundreds of people can go ahead after months of uncertainty.

But other restrictions on weddings - including the ban on most singing and dancing, and guests having to wear masks at certain points - will remain in place until step four.

People at an indoor venue will need to be on tables of no more than six people. Indoor venues must shut off their dance floors - apart from for the “first dance”.

Marquees on private land need to have two sides open to qualify as 'outdoors'.

The rule of six indoors still applies to weddings in private homes - except for deathbed weddings, which can have up to 30 guests.

The 30-person limit on other commemorative events including wakes will be lifted in England from June 21.

Instead, capacity will be driven by the maximum number of people a venue can accommodate within Covid-secure rules.

This means wakes will follow the same capacity rules as funerals and weddings.