Weddings with 30 people will NOT be allowed to go ahead anymore - another UK government u-turn

1st August 2020   •   article
by Sunny Hundal
Twitter @sunny_hundal.
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On 17th July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out plans to get Britain 'back to normal' by Christmas.

Less than two weeks later those plans were in tatters. At a press conference on Friday afternoon the PM said: "our assessment is that we [all of the UK] should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control."

By Saturday 1st August, a number of higher risk activities were scheduled to be be allowed: casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and wedding ceremonies with up to 30 people.

Those plans have now been postponed. That means wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted for the time being, though ceremonies can continue to take place in line with Covid guidelines.

The government says thse plans have been postponed until 15th August. But even that is wildly optimistic.

The Chief Medical Officer yesterday, standing besides Boris Johnson, was much more closer to the truth.

"We have probably reached the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up as a society... The idea that we can open up everything is clearly wrong. Choices will need to be made," he said.

He's absolutely right. Across most of the world - particularly in the US, Latin America and South Asia - the Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire. Europe and East Asia are keeping a lid on it but their numbers are still growing. This problem isn't going away anytime soon.

If you're making plans for a small wedding, or work in the wedding sector, prepare for the long haul.

We're not going back to normal anytime soon, whatever Boris Johnson says.
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Sunny Hundal has been a journalist and commentator since 2004. He is editor-in-chief of Barfi Culture
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