WEDDING celebrations can take place again from April 12 as lockdown eases – and loved-up couples will be spared Covid rules for their big day with a kiss and first dance even if they are from different households.
Government rules stating people from different households must abide by social distancing throughout ceremonies and receptions had sparked fears brides and grooms would not be able to enjoy many wedding day rituals.
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Earlier this month it was stated that celebrations for up to 15 people would be allowed from April 12 — but only in places of worship, public buildings or outdoor spaces.
Under Covid rules, you must stick to social distancing if you're from different households.
Official Government rules state: "During all activities linked to the reception or celebration, all parties, especially people from separate households/bubbles, should adhere to social distancing guidelines; 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable) such as wearing face coverings."
Guests are also warned that they must maintain social distancing and only travel to and from the reception with their bubble or household.
But clarifying the advice today, a government spokesperson said: "Social distancing is not expected between the couple getting married."
Dancing is also banned at weddings from April 12 – because of the increased risk of transmission of the virus.
However Government rules say that the only exception to this rule is the couple's first dance.
The rules state: "Dancing should not be permitted due to the increased risk of transmission and dancefloors may be repurposed for additional customer seating or other relevant purposes, ensuring this is in line with the social distancing guidelines.
"The only exception to this is the couple’s ‘first dance’."
It's been estimated that 7,000 weddings will have to be postponed or cancelled because of confusion over the new rules beginning April 12.
Celebrations are only allowed to happen in places of worship, public buildings or outdoor spaces.
All other venues — about seven in ten — will have to remain closed until restrictions are eased on May 17, the UK Weddings Taskforce says.
The taskforce, which represents the £15billion wedding industry, blamed inconsistencies in government guidelines.
Meanwhile, Monday marks the next milestone in the government's road to freedom out of England's third lockdown.
The 'stay at home' message will be ditched as new rules come into force in England.
Under the new rules, Brits are encouraged to 'stay local' – but this has not been officially defined.
People are encouraged to remain close to where they live, but this will not be legally enforced.
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