Boris Johnson will make wedding rule change if lockdown roadmap is pushed back

Boris Johnson will make one change to weddings if he is forced to push back the ending of lockdown on June 21 in England.

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

Debate is continuing over whether the final stages of unlocking restrictions in England can go ahead on June 21, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in India.

Amid the rise in cases and the surge of the Delta variant, ministers could decide to keep some less restrictive measures in place.

Mr JOhnson will make his decision on the easing of Covid restrictions next weekn on June 14, but is reportedly determined to lift the 30-person rule at weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.

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

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, and 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.

Under the current Covid restrictions just 30 people can attend a wedding that is held in a ‘Covid secure’ venue.

A government source told The Times: “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?”

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.

People have been told to “minimise travel” in and out of Greater Manchester and Lancashire as part of new government guidance to tackle the number of Delta variant cases.

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

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