Weddings could be ‘limited to 15 people maximum’ under new coronavirus rules

The number of people who can attend weddings could be slashed from 30 to 15, but funerals will be exempt from the restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the move when he lays out new coronavirus lockdown measures, included an expected 10pm pub curfew, later today.

Ministers had considered curbing the number of mourners at funerals but decided against it, according to reports. The move would still come as another hammer blow to couples set to walk down the aisle after their weddings were cancelled completely by March's initial coronavirus lockdown.

Currently, wedding ceremonies and receptions in England and Wales are allowed up to 30 people, including officials, staff and the happy couple. The amount of people allowed at weddings in Scotland is capped at 20 at the moment.

The Prime Minister is set to chair an emergency Cobra meeting as the Covid-19 alert level was raised from three to four, meaning transmission is high.

It came after a worrying warning from Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty and the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance that cases could soar to 50,000 a day by mid-October if they continue rising at the current level.

That could mean 200 people per day were dying again a month later. The top doctor's warned we had "in a bad sense literally turned the corner".

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Weddings and funerals are both exempt from the Rule of Six, which states people can not meet in groups of more than six people for social gatherings.

The guidelines already say that wedding ceremonies in England should be kept "as short as reasonably possible" and limited to just what is legally binding.

Food and drinks are also discouraged as part of the event and the venue should have the floor marked with tape or paint to help people maintain social distance.

Many wedding planners say they have had many couples postpone their nuptials until 2021.

Wedding planner Katrina Otter said: "All my couples up until October have postponed because they want the weddings that they dreamed of, and have spent months, if not years, planning.

“These days, weddings involve so much more than just a legally binding ceremony; they’re a celebration of friendship and families, and this is something that the current guidelines don’t allow.”

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