The guidance for weddings has been updated for businesses, with additional details regarding risk assessments, social distancing measures, singing and dancing, serving food and drink, and enforcement.
There is no legal requirement for guests to be placed on socially distanced tables, or on tables of 6 or 2 households, including in a COVID-secure venue at these events.
However, it is important to consider the risks of not social distancing and the increased risks of close contact, and businesses should consider taking steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, as set out in the meeting friends and family guidance.
If the event is taking place at a COVID-secure venue where alcohol is served, all food and drink (including non-alcoholic drink) must be ordered, served and consumed by the customer while seated.
This legal requirement also applies to events in ‘other venues’ such as private gardens, where third party suppliers who provide food and drink are present at the event (such as a catering company that serves the food/drink at the event).
Indoor and outdoor professional performances can take place, including at a ceremony or reception.
Although there is no limit on the number of professional performers that can perform at a ceremony or reception, the number should be determined by how many the venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place between the performers and guests.
However, amateur choirs, bands, or musicians should only perform in a group of up to 6 indoors. Outdoors, they may perform in groups of up to 30.
Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’.
Dancefloors and other spaces for dancing must remain closed but can be repurposed for additional customer seating or other relevant purposes, ensuring this is in line with the social distancing guidelines.