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Latest Government Guidance for Weddings

Update released on August 15th for Wedding ceremonies

The government have announced that further lockdown restrictions would be eased from Friday 14th of August, including allowing for small weddings of up to 30 people..

Guidance Overview (please see official guidance for detailed advice)

“This guidance is designed to assist venues that host wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations in England, and other businesses involved in these events, to prepare their activities in accordance with the associated legislation.

The guidance sets out how this can be done in a manner that is safe and in line with social distancing guidelines, in order to minimise the risk of exposure to infection for all individuals attending the events, including those who work at the venues.

This guidance applies only to marriage and civil partnership receptions and celebrations taking place in England.

This guidance supersedes previous guidance. From 15 August 2020 receptions and other celebrations for weddings and civil partnerships can take place, but only in a COVID-19 secure environment/venue. Such events should not take place in people’s private homes (or adjoining outdoor spaces like gardens), given that these will not have the same COVID-19 Secure measures in place. Capacity at a wedding or civil partnership reception or celebration (including the couple, guests and third-party suppliers, but not venue staff or third-party catering staff) should be no more than 30 and safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue.

We will re-assess guidance in relation to larger wedding receptions in line with the development of the scientific advice."

Explore our Weddings page for information on where you can host your special day within the wonderful University of Oxford and its colleges. 

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