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Weddings CAN go ahead on June 21 - the new rules for weddings and wakes

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Despite step four being delayed the PM has announced in a Downing Street Press conference today that some limits on weddings and wakes will be lifted. But what does this mean for your planned nuptials?

June 21 was supposed to be the day the government lifted all social distancing restrictions.

This so-called ‘Freedom Day’, which should have marked England’s final move out of the pandemic has been postponed.

But, the 30-person limit on weddings will be removed in England from June 21, despite step four being delayed.

This means there will be no limit on indoor and outdoor receptions and ceremonies.


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Weddings and Wakes: The 30 person limit will be lifted from June 21 (Image: GETTY)

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Weddings: Restrictions on weddings varies in the devolved nations (Image: GETTY)

What restrictions will remain in place?

Despite the limit being removed, capacity limits will be enforced by venues.

Limits will be set to the highest number of people venues can accommodate in a Covid-secure way, this approach is already applied to funerals.

For weddings on private property, including in gardens, a risk assessment will need to be filled out by organisers to ensure they are conducted in a Covid-secure manner.

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

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Weddings: Capacity limits will be enforced by venues (Image: GETTY)

Those seated indoors will need to be on tables of no more than six.

Indoor venues cannot operate a dance floor - apart from for the “first dance”.

If your big day is set to be held on private land in a marquee it will need to have two sides open to qualify as ‘outdoors'.

The rule of six indoors will remain in place for weddings in private homes, but, for those attending ‘deathbed’ weddings, up to 30 guests can be allowed in private homes.


Despite these restrictions, brides and grooms up and down the country will be breathing a sigh of relief as this latest announcement will mean that after months of uncertainty weddings with hundreds of people can go ahead.

Restrictions on wakes

Wakes will follow the same capacity rules as funerals and weddings.

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

Capacity will be set to the maximum number of people a venue can accommodate in a Covid-secure way.

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Weddings: Wakes and weddings will follow the same restrictions (Image: GETTY)

Restrictions on large events

Those hoping to attend a large event soon will be disappointed as there will be no changes to indoor hospitality rules - no changes to allow large events to go ahead in a blanket way without social distancing.

But the government is looking at holding more events research pilots which could help theatres and similar venues in the long run.

In response to the growing unrest in the hospitality sector No. 10 said: ”We appreciate the pressure that some sectors are under.”

But these plans are not set in stone as the government needs to debate and vote to extend Step 3 regulations - which end on 30 June - to end on 18-19 July - this debate and the following vote will take place on Wednesday.

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