The release of the government’s proposed route out of lockdown has offered new hope for wedding celebrations this year.
When the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, unveiled the lockdown roadmap for England – the process by which we will be gradually freed from Covid-19 safety restrictions – engaged couples and wedding businesses had cause to feel optimistic at last.
Nothing can be taken for granted at this stage, as the course of the pandemic could yet take unexpected turns. However, with its predicted dates for when Covid-19 wedding rules could be relaxed, it feels like there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.
When will Covid-19 wedding rules be eased?
If all goes according to plan, with figures for vaccinations, hospitalisations and case numbers still heading in the right directions, the timeline for weddings in England looks like this:
From 29 March – weddings with up to six people in attendance can go ahead in any circumstances.
No earlier than 12 April – weddings and receptions will be permitted for up to 15 attendees.
No earlier than 17 May – up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings.
No earlier than 21 June – the government aims to lift all legal limits on social contact, which will hopefully include weddings.
It’s important to remember that the government will wait at least five weeks between each stage of easing, in order to check the impact of the most recent step before taking the next. This means that the timetable could be pushed back if the necessary progress isn’t made.
However, for wedding venues such as our beautiful barn in the Surrey countryside, the news that weddings will soon return is fabulous.
We know that the couples who choose to marry at Coltsford Mill are dreaming of the perfect day in a unique wedding venue. So, we will continue to offer our support as the next few months unfold and look forward to helping make those dreams come true in 2021.