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Weddings ‘allowed unlimited guests even if Freedom Day is delayed’

Weddings 'allowed unlimited numbers even if June 21 unlocking doesn't go ahead'
Boris Johnson is said to be determined to relax curbs on weddings

The 30-person limit on wedding guests could still be lifted even if the next phase of unlocking on June 21 is delayed, it is understood.

Boris Johnson, who married Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony two weeks ago, is reportedly determined to relax curbs on weddings and receptions this month.

Ministers are considering delaying the easing of so-called freedom day for a fortnight amid concern about the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus.

Under the original roadmap out of lockdown, it was hoped all restrictions could be lifted by June 21 at the earliest, including caps on wedding guests.

According to The Times, the limit will be lifted even if social distancing and other restrictions remain.

Ministers are expected to bring weddings into line with funerals, which had the 30-person limit scrapped last month.

Unlimited guests will also be allowed at events such as bar mitzvahs and christenings under the plans.

Boris and Carrie Johnson are seen in the garden of 10 Downing Street, after their wedding, in London, Britain May 29, 2021. Picture taken May 29, 2021. Rebecca Fulton/Pool via REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Boris and Carrie Johnson married in a secret ceremony last month (Picture: Reuters)

Guests from different households will not have to social distance, but new advice will tell them to be ‘cautious’ about contact with people they don’t live with, it is understood.

The guidance will advise against dancing, with the exception of the first dance.

Guests and staff will also be required to wear masks unless eating or drinking, and people will be advised to make their own assessment of the risk of hugging others.

Couples have had to postpone their weddings repeatedly since the first lockdown in March last year, with many struggling to get refunds if they’ve been forced to cancel the big day.

A source told the Times: ‘It’s been tough on the sector. If you’ve got stadiums full of people, why can’t weddings go ahead with more than 30 people?’

It comes after the number of Covid cases in the UK jumped by 74% since this time last week.

Earlier it was reported Boris Johnson may take a ‘mix and match approach’ to ending lockdown restrictions.

The UK has had one of the most successful vaccine rollouts, but the Prime Minister has warned it may not be enough to lift all lockdown measures.

According to the Financial Times, a cabinet minister said that officials are ‘trying to find a solution that pleases the PM’s instincts’ to lift lockdown on schedule.

The unnamed politician said it would be ‘easy’ for large weddings to go ahead with tweaked regulations, but nightclubs may stay closed ‘for a while’.

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