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What do the COVID-19 Tiers mean for your wedding?

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As the never-ending rollercoaster that is 2020 goes on, you might be wondering what the three tiers of COVID-19 restrictions mean for you and your wedding. Let’s break it down. 

The UK has been divided into three tiers of restrictions, depending on the number of cases in a particular region or local area. These are tier 1: medium risk, tier 2: high risk, tier 3: very high risk. Under each of these tiers comes different levels of COVID-19 restrictions, so what is and isn’t allowed at your wedding all comes down to where you’re getting married.  

 

Which tier is my wedding in? 

To find out what tier your wedding is in, click here and pop your venue’s postcode into the tier finder. Here you’ll see what level your venue is at. 
Keep an eye on this, as different regions are likely to change tiers as time goes on. London has already been moved into tier 2, and it looks like Manchester will be moving into tier 3 shortly. 

 

So, what does this mean for your wedding?

Tier 1:  Medium Alert Level

For your wedding you can… 
-    Have a ceremony of 15 people (including you two, but not including your suppliers)  
-    Have a Reception of 15 people (including you two, but not including your suppliers)
-    Stay overnight at COVID-secure locations 

Rules and Restrictions to think about…
-    Everyone must sit in groups of no more than 6, for both ceremony and the reception
-    No dancing is permitted, except for the traditional first dance as a married couple
-    Your reception must end at 10pm 
-    Your ceremony and your reception must take place at a COVID-secure location (unfortunately, this rules out getting married at home or in your garden). 
-    All attendees must wear a face covering for the ceremony and reception, except when eating- and saying your vowels of course.
-    Social distancing is required

 

Tier 2: High Alert Level

For your wedding you can… 
-    Have a ceremony of 15 people (including you two, but not including your suppliers)  
-    Have a Reception of 15 people (including you two, but not including your suppliers)
-    Stay overnight at COVID-secure locations 

Rules and restrictions think about…
-    This is largely the same as tier one, but you should take additional care to ensure guests from outside the High Alert Area are fully socially distanced from guests who live inside High Alert Area.

 

Tier 3:  Very High Alert Level

For your wedding you can… 
-    Have a ceremony of 15 people (including you two, but not including your suppliers)  
Unfortunately, in this tier, no receptions are allowed. 

Rules and Restrictions to think about…
The same as for Tier 1 and 2 restrictions, plus… 
-    You’re not allowed to hold a Reception of any size, at any location 
-    You can only stay overnight if you are from the Tier 3 area you’re staying in AND the hotel/accommodation is COVID-secure (so, not a private home). In addition to this, you can only stay or share a room with people in your household. 
-    You're not able to visit any other Household or meet with another household in a private home or garden

 

Remember, local governments will have negotiated different support and restrictions for their areas, based on the needs of that area.  You should check out the guidance here for any additional rules or changes which might affect you.
 

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