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25th Oct, 2021

Wedding rules change as part of lockdown easing

Harry Leach 24th Apr, 2021 Updated: 24th Apr, 2021

WEDDING rules changed last week as part of the government’s latest easing of lockdown.

The number of guests allowed at weddings, civil partnerships and other commemorative events, including wakes, has gone from six to 15.

Events can take place outdoors but indoor venues will also be permitted if they are authorised to open or where an exemption applies.

Those able to attend include the bride and groom, witnesses and guests.

Workers such as registration officials, photographers and venue managers are not included.

Hannah Perrott, assistant director for communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “This latest easing of the restrictions, with an increase in the number of guests allowed to attend ceremonies, is welcome news for many couples across the county.

“Our registration services understand they are working with residents during important moments in their lives.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure everything is Covid safe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of their hard work.”

Wedding receptions can also take place up to 15 people but must be outdoors and not in private gardens.

The number of mourners allowed to attend funeral services remains the same, at 30 people.

Registration services in Worcestershire are open but by pre-booked appointment only, with limitations to available services due to current restrictions.

Visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk for more information.

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