By now, most will know that Wales has just got into Alert Level 2.
In a nutshell, this means that
- Restaurants can open outdoors (no masks) and indoors (with masks) with no more than 6 per table (unless from the same household or extended household).
- Accommodation is now fully open and serving breakfast and evening means (with again no more than 6 as above and rooms only being occupied by the same household or extended household) - see here for our accommodation
- Weddings are now able to hold 50 outdoors (no masks) and 30 indoors (with masks).
There is a supposed rule change on 5th June, which will allow Weddings indoors with up to 50 people.
This may well change again on 5th June if the wedding is after 7th June, as the announcement hopefully will be both higher numbers and then also further relaxation and then there is also another review on 26th June too, which I appreciate is cutting it fine.
I am often asked questions about weddings and what can happen and the below should answer some of your questions, although feel free to email your wedding planner or you can email me directly here (however note, i will not be able to advise you on the specifics of your wedding, but the law as to what can and cannot happen at weddings).
Currently all guidance relates to "incidental music"
- minimising loud noises which will require people to shout
- The use of face coverings indoors is mandatory
- There are circumstances where it would not be reasonable for the couple to wear a face covering, such as during the walk down the aisle, the vows, a first kiss and a first dance. This would also include photographs taken indoors but only for the couple. Physically distanced photos may be taken outdoors of other guests without wearing face coverings.
- Face coverings do not have to be worn outdoors, including at outdoor tables when food and drink is being served for consumption.
- For indoor receptions, face coverings may only be removed whilst at a table when food or drink is being served for immediate consumption, and physical distancing measures must apply if more than one household is seated together. Face coverings must be replaced once consumption of food and drink is completed, if people remain seated at the tables indoors.
- The highest risks of transmission, including those from super-spreading events, are associated with poorly ventilated and crowded indoor settings with increased likelihood of aerosol emission (such as loud singing/speech, aerobic activity) and when no face coverings are worn such as bars, nightclubs, parties/family gatherings, indoor dining, gyms and exercise classes, choirs and churches (high confidence).
- Background music at a low-level volume can be played during the ceremony itself, however singing, chanting or dancing is not permitted.
- No dancing should be allowed during the reception but a specific exception can be made to allow a ‘first dance’, for the couple themselves. The parameters for this should be that appropriate social distancing between the couple and guests should be possible during the dance. Circles should not be formed except where distancing between households can be maintained. Accompanying music should be played in a way that does not encourage guests to sing along, shout or to raise voices to maintain conversation as these are high risk activities.
- Whilst loud music, be it recorded or played live, should be avoided during the ceremony or reception, it would be possible to have unamplified live music performed by a socially distanced group (such as a string quartet) as a background. Blown instruments should not be played. Solo singers or small groups of singers would be allowed and should follow the guidance for the performing arts.
How we have to operate and to help you can be found here:
Read Section 17.
17.Loud noises, which will require people to raise their voices or shout and therefore increase aerosol spread, must be avoided. To that end businesses should ensure that TV broadcasts and recorded music should be kept at background level. Dancing, singing and live performances are not permitted at this time.
Now the oxymoron is
'Loud Music must be avoided'
'Dancing is not permitted
Therefore currently, whether indoors or outdoors the view is that "we can have precorded music whether from our system or that of a DJ, played as background music only and NOT loud, a first dance of course can take place, however dancing is categorically not allowed, therefore you cannot have a disco.
What must be closed at alert level 2:
- ice skating rinks for public use
- nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
Alert Level 2 says:
What are the rules on holding wedding and civil partnership receptions?
- Wedding and civil partnership receptions are permitted for up to 50 people outdoors or 30 people indoors (not including children aged under 11 or carers).
- Wedding and civil partnership receptions must take place in regulated premises and, if taking place in outdoor hospitality venues, must follow the rules in place for hospitality settings. Wedding receptions must not take place in private homes or the gardens or grounds of private homes.
HOWEVER THE ABOVE IS BASED AS AT TODAY 17/5 FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, WHICH FOLLOW THE EXACT SAME GUIDELINES BAR NUMBERS AND MASKS (30 INDOORS WITH MASK AND 50 OUTDOORS NO MASK).
THE NEXT REVIEW ON 5TH JUNE IS SUPPOSEDLY TO ALLOW HIGHER NUMBERS INDOORS FROM 07/06 AT THIS TIME. WE MAY WELL SEE CHANGES TO THE RULES ABOUT MUSIC ALSO.
See below for further links and information