STOP-PRESS - VIRUS NEWS AUGUST 2021 - Craig Y Nos Castle (Weddings, Accommodation and Ghost Tours) in Wales

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It was announced on 6th August and no doubt everyone wants to know how this will affect them, or more importantly weddings and events.

"At alert level zero, all restrictions on meeting with others will be removed and all businesses will be able to open. But some important protections will continue to be in place to give everyone the confidence to enjoy the summer ahead.

These include:
   Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have a positive test result.
   Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places in Wales, including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings. There will be exemptions for people who cannot wear them, as there are currently.
   All those responsible for premises open to the public and workplaces must carry out a Covid risk assessment and continue to take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus"

My response would be
“Wales will move to alert level zero at 6am on 7 August, following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations in Wales. At alert level zero:
There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.
Businesses which were required to be closed will be able to re-open. This includes nightclubs.
Premises which are open to the public and workplaces will have more flexibility about which reasonable measures they take to minimise the risk of coronavirus. But these should be tailored to their risk assessment and their specific circumstances.

  • Face coverings will not be a legal requirement in hospitality settings where food and drink is served, but will continue to be required in most indoor public places.
  • Also on 7 August (from 00.01), adults who are fully vaccinated and children and young people under 18, will no longer need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone who has coronavirus.
  • Therefore, and whilst we have yet to receive the actual Welsh Government Update specifically relating to weddings our understanding is that within the Hotel itself, masks will not have to be worn whether eating, drinking or walking about and masks will not have to be worn in any of our function rooms, dining rooms, bar or lounges or conservatory as these are classed as within hospitality – however, as they are required in most indoor and public places we are yet to receive indication as whether they will need to be worn within the Theatre or a Ceremony setting *See below

For our staffs own safety, especially as not all customers and not all staff had 2 vaccination jabs we have chosen to keep our screens at the bar and reception in place – this will limit face to face spread of the virus between guests and staff. We will also continue to offer Hand Sanitiser stations for customers entering the premises.

The law states we have to keep people safe this means therefore that whilst in theory there is no limit to numbers in the venue, we have to be mindful about crowds.

  • Whilst there is no limit we believe that whilst wedding guests are seated there is sufficient spacing that would limit the spread of the virus.
  • In the evening guests are allowed to have up to the same level pre-covid and attend evening buffets, live bands, disco/dj and other entertainment.

The law however does state that those showing symptoms of the virus, should not attend and that if asked to self-isolate by track and trace, where they have had only 1 vaccination, then they should do so”

We have this morning been advised by the POWYS Registrars Office, that masks must still be worn, in an indoor Wedding Ceremony.

"Whilst the legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors is expected to be removed, face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors in public places, including marriage/civil partnership ceremonies.
A marriage/civil partnership ceremony is a public event and therefore staff and guests will be required to wear a face covering throughout the ceremony unless they are exempt.
The rules for face coverings for marriage/civil partnership ceremonies therefore remain the same at Alert Level 0 – exceptions can only be made for the couple when walking down the aisle, vows, and photos indoors and first kiss"

  • This means we will still continue to  "place sanitiser at the entrance to theatre"

  • The Ceremony space, will be as previous allowing sufficient working space and access for the Registrar and Assistant.

  • The Theatre door will remain open.

  • The Registrar can enter the Theatre after, from the side (if required) and exit, prior to or after any Wedding Couple or Wedding Guests.

  • Any Staff or Wedding Couple meeting the Registrars will be able to do so in an open and airy room and any staff or customers who are meeting the registrar will be required to wear a mask.

All the staff at Craig Y Nos Castle look forward to be able to hold Weddings in a more relaxed, yet safe atmosphere.

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