By CAROLINE LANGHAM
Covid 19: Guidance for Couples and Guests
Cote How is both a business and a family home. To protect yourselves, our staff and our family, we kindly ask that you follow this guidance. Please respect that after your wedding, there are many other couples desperate to see their marriage take place too. We cannot provide these if either, we contract Coronavirus, or get closed by the authorities for not following the current guidance/law. We and our future couples very much appreciate your help.
The capacity at a wedding or civil partnership reception or celebration (including the couple and guests) must be no more than 15 and safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 Secure venue.
Venues hosting wedding receptions and celebrations must be closed between 11 pm and 5 am. Last orders must be given at 10 pm where relevant.
1. Before you get to Cote How
Please ensure that you have non of the signs of Covid 19 before you set off.
- high temperature
- new, continuous cough
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Should you have any on the above symptoms, please follow the following guidance:
For your journey to Cote How, please consider the following Government guidance:
You should avoid sharing a private vehicle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble as you will not be able to keep to strict social distancing guidelines.
The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that:
Certain groups of people may be at increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including people who are aged 70 or older, regardless of medical conditions. Individuals who fall within this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.
2. Arriving at Cote How
On your arrival, a member of staff will advise you of any Covid-Safe measures in place within the venue. Please ask questions if you are unsure about anything. Please follow the measures provided for everyone’s safety.
Registering Your Attendance at the Venue
You will have been asked, via your wedding couple, to provide Cote How with your full name and contact details for each household. This information supports the NHS Test and Trace programme and will be destroyed 21 days after the wedding date.
On arrival, your name will be checked off against our attendee list.
Alternatively, you may scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code rather than providing contact details. This must be observed by a member of staff. We are required by law to record your name, however.
A final option for those without a smartphone or email will be to provide their details for recording by a staff member using paperer and pen.
3. Staying Covid-Safe
Current Government advice on social distancing is:
- Wherever possible, adhere to social-distancing of at least 2 metres, or 1 metre with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable), between households.
- People from different households should maintain social distancing between one another.
- Visitors should avoid touching property belonging to others.’
Social distancing should always be maintained including arrival, during the ceremony and for all parts of the post-ceremony celebrations, including activities such as cake cutting.
During your time at Cote How you must remain seated for all parts of the wedding and reception. You are required to maintain social distancing at all times from those not in your household or support bubble. Seating will be provided for your specific household. Please avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces and wear face coverings at all times unless consuming food or drink.
Please follow any guidance provided and be patient with staff during the event as these measures are for everyone’s safety.
Guests are encouraged to use outdoor spaces wherever possible. Please use the outdoor seating to maintain household bubbles. We ask that guests respect social distancing guidance and do not move between tables or reposition furniture, which has been laid out to provide the necessary social distancing.
Hand Washing and Sanitising
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use disposable towels if possible.
Hand sanitiser in a hands-free dispenser will be available at the entrance to the venue. Please use it on entry and exit.
For wedding couples and witnesses, it is recommended that you wash your hands and sanitise them before the ceremony commences as you will need to sign the register. We would also recommend that you each bring your own pen to avoid the need to sanitise the pen between signatures.
In England, face coverings are required by law to be worn in wedding ceremonies and indoor public spaces.
Before the ceremony:
All guests should wear face coverings in all indoor areas of Cote How.
During the ceremony:
All guests are required by law to wear a face-covering except from ‘the couple being married, or joined in a partnership, and those officiating at the wedding.
Any guest exempt from wearing a mask must make themselves known to a staff member on their arrival.
Please take only your named allocated seat for the ceremony.
After the ceremony:
You may remove your face covering to eat or drink in our indoor designated seating spaces only. If you go to the toilet or move around the venue, face-coverings must be worn.
It is recommended that you continue to wear a face-covering in outdoor spaces, especially when encountering others from outside of your household bubble.
Table service will be used for all drink orders and food. Drink purchases will be via contactless payment only or pre-arranged bar tab. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accept cash payments for drinks.
You should not share food with anyone outside of your household bubble.
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If you show any symptoms of Covid 19 during your time at Cote How, please notify a member of staff immediately.
6. Other Considerations
Background music will be played at a volume that enables normal volume conversation to take place. During the entrance and exit from the ceremony, music will be played at a slightly raised volume. We request that you avoid conversation during this brief period.
Dancing is not permitted. The wedding couple is allowed to have one first dance where appropriate.
Cote How is an all-inclusive venue and as such is ‘good to go’ at all times. Some couples like to bring with them finishing touches such as table plans, favours, photos etc. Please consider carefully what you bring to the venue, how it will be cleaned and who needs to handle it. Items that require handling by various people should be avoided, including signing books, polaroid camera stations etc.
Activities that involve objects being thrown (such as confetti or bouquet toss) or passed from person to person should be avoided to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
Signs reminding couples to stay Covid-Safe are located throughout the venue. Please stay alert and take a moment to read them for everyone’s safety.
Children must remain with and be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Particular attention must be given to handwashing routine and the avoidance of touching surfaces.
Please ensure that you maintain your household bubbles throughout all aspects of the wedding. This should include avoiding photographic groupings. Your photographer should be able to capture intimate photographs while maintaining social distancing between households.
7. And Finally…
Thank you for reading to the end. As both a wedding venue and family home, we very much appreciate you following the guidance in this document. We will endeavour to keep the above measures low-key to ensure your visit stays as enjoyable as possible and focused on having a great wedding day. Please enjoy your time at Cote How.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us via the usual way!
Caroline, Steve & Sophie
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