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Will the new coronavirus restrictions impact weddings?

After months of uncertainty, postponements and cancellations, wedding ceremonies were given the green light to go ahead in England from July

But, with Boris Johnson set to introduce new rules regarding social gatherings, could that all be about to change, again?

On Wednesday, the prime minister will unveil new regulations that mean from Monday 14 September it will be illegal for people in England to meet socially in groups of more than six people, with a few exemptions.

The new rules are aimed at stopping a second wave of coronavirus and follow a rise in cases across the country, with figures now increasing at a rate of nearly 3,000 a day, up from about 1,000 a day for most of August.

But, what do these changes mean for weddings? Here is everything you need to know.

What are the new rules regarding social gatherings?

As of Monday 14 September, the number of people allowed to legally meet will be cut from 30 to six in England.

The new rule applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings and to people of all ages.

Currently, up to 30 people from two households are permitted to meet socially, or six from various households.

However, the changes will mean that people can no longer socialise in homes, parks, pubs, and restaurants in groups of more than six.

Mr Johnson is expected to tell a press conference on Wednesday: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”

Anyone caught socialising in groups larger than six in England will be fined. For the first offence, the fine will be £100 and this will double for every additional offence up to the value of £3,200.

Do the changes apply to weddings?

No. The government has clarified that several forms of meetings will remain unaffected by the new rules in England, including weddings.

A full list of exemptions will be published by the government ahead of Monday.

What are the latest wedding rules?

The guidelines for weddings in England remain unchanged since the last update from the government in August.

Currently, small wedding ceremonies are permitted with up to 30 attendees, including officials and staff. 

However, people who are not part of the same household or support bubble should continue to adhere to social distancing rules.

Capacity at a reception is also limited to 30 people, but this figure does not include venue staff or third-party catering staff.

The government advises that wherever possible all food and drinks should be served by staff, in line with the guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services and that dancing should not be permitted due to the increased risk of transmission.

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