The news comes after the government yesterday published its roadmap for exiting the UK’s lockdown measures which were imposed in March in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. It adds significantly more detail to the UK’s plan after Prime Minister Boris Johnson briefly outlined its terms in a much-anticipated speech last Sunday.
The 50-page document states that the government is “examining how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings.”
But this is the only mention of the matter, and as was the case with the Prime Minister’s speech last weekend, the announcement creates more questions than it answers.
Not least because the statement seems to conflict with information given a few paragraphs later, which states that places of worship will not be reopened until Step Three of the plan, potentially in July.
Furthermore, it does not outline what might constitute a “small wedding” in terms of venue size or attendance.
On the other hand, the matter is still under examination, so the simple answer is that England’s engaged couples will just have to hold out for more news in the coming weeks.
And weddings do not necessarily have to take place in a place of worship, which could end up being one of the June terms when more details are announced.
Allowing weddings to take place would require more social contact, and the government does not seem to have yet decided on how to go about allowing this.
It is currently waiting for advice from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) regarding whether regulations may allow for people to expand their household group to allow contact with one other household.
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“Step Two” will come into action no earlier than June.
“Step Three” is hoped to begin by July 4 at the earliest, and will allow further relaxations including the reopening of some of the hospitality and personal care industries, as well as indoor leisure spaces like cinemas.
The government has caveated all of the adjustments in its lockdown exit plan with the condition that they meet the “five tests” that it has set out.
First, the country must make sure that the NHS is able to cope with the outbreak. “We must be confidence that we are able to provide sufficient critical care and specialist treatment right across the UK,” the government states.