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Wedding rules changed in roadmap affecting thousands of ceremonies

Many people will no longer be able to get married from April 12, as previously set out in the roadmap.

The UK weddings taskforce asked the government for further clarification on the guidelines and were told that ceremonies and receptions will only be permitted in places of worship, public buildings and outdoor settings that are already able to open.

The amount of people allowed to attend a wedding from April 12 remains at 15.

Ceremonies are affecting thousands as wedding rules are changed in Johnson’s roadmap.

According to experts that will mean 71% of weddings planned after April 12, that’s around 7,000 couples, will have to be cancelled.

This means weddings indoors will not be able to take place until the summer – with indoor hospitality opening from May and restrictions of events lifting in June.

From May 17 weddings in hospitality venues should be allowed with up to 30 people.

The UK Weddings Taskforce, a group set up with the government to help restart the industry, said it had expected all wedding venues in England would be allowed to reopen when ceremonies are again permitted on April 12.

The group said its assumption about wedding venues was based on a “widespread” interpretation of the lockdown roadmap, which was set out by the PM on February 24.

But it said it had now received confirmation, after weeks of asking, that weddings and receptions are only permitted for 15 guests between April 12 and May 16 in places of worship, public buildings, locations and outdoor settings that are already permitted to open.

In a statement, the taskforce said: “We believe Government should honour the reasonable assumptions made by couples, venues, suppliers and their own registrars.

“All weddings and receptions for up to 15 people should be permitted in Covid-secure wedding venues. Couples understand the limitations, and venues, by law, operate with strict safety protocols in place.”

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