Prime minister 'to lift 30-person rule on weddings' if roadmap unlocking pushed back

The cap on wedding guests will be lifted despite England’s roadmap being delayed

Boris Johnson will relax the number of guests legally allowed at weddings – even if the roadmap is pushed back by two weeks.

The prime minister, who will make his decision on the easing of Covid restrictions on June 14, is reportedly determined to lift the 30-person rule at weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.

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It comes as Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds in a low-key ceremony on 29 May at Westminster Cathedral.

Restrictions will be lifted on 30 guests at weddings, even if the 21 June unlocking is pushed back (Shutterstock).

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At a glance: 5 key points

- The Times has reported guests will sit at socially distanced tables and would still be advised to be “cautious” about contact with other households

- The guidance does advise against dancing, with the exception of the first dance

- Guests and staff must wear masks, unless they are dining or drinking

- The decision will be subject to the outcome of the Social Distancing Review and also the Events Research Programme – which include a series of large event pilots using Covid mitigations including enhanced testing

What’s been said?

“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?”

A government source said to The Times

Background

England is due to exit Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown on June 21 but with cases at their highest since March the easing of social distancing restrictions appears far from certain.

The new measures also say that people should meet outside where possible, get tested twice a week and continue to work from home.