- PM said congregations in religious venues will be limited to just 30 people
- Wedding receptions will separately be subject to household gathering rules
- Means couples will have to be ruthless with guest lists or postpone celebrations
Weddings will be allowed to restart from July 4 with smaller congregations, bringing joy to thousands of couples who have put their plans on hold, the Prime Minister confirmed today.
But while couples will be allowed to walk up the aisle they have having to be utterly ruthless in choosing who will be allowed to attend.
The Prime Minister announced that congregations in churches and other religious venues will have to be limited to just 30 people.
And additionally they may not be allowed to enjoy the celebrations afterwards.
While ceremonies can go ahead under relaxation of rules governing religious buildings that will also allow congregations to worship, the wedding reception traditionally help afterwards would still be subject to restrictions on gatherings of more than one household.
It would potentially mean couples having to choose which of their families could be invited. This is true even if the reception is held outdoors.
Mr Johnson told the Commons: 'Mr Speaker, I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship, and this year, Easter, Passover and Eid all occurred during the lockdown.
So I am delighted that places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services – including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.'