By CAROLINE LANGHAM
Coronavirus and your wedding
UPDATED 13 July 2021
We have had a number of questions regarding face masks after the 19th of July. At this point in time, we are waiting for official government guidance and guidance from the registrars to make a decision on what to do next regarding masks. Cote How is not only a wedding venue but also a family home and taking into account all the weddings we have to deliver it is very important that we put staff and clients safety as a top priority.
UPDATED 14 June 2021
Government update on step 3 delay
Guidance for Weddings in England
- More than 30 guests will be able to attend a wedding from 21 June.
- There is no set maximum number of guests that can be invited, however social distancing remains. Couples will likely need to reduce to a number from their venue’s calculation. We are currently seeing venues opting for 50% of fire regulations capacity as their guest limit.
- Venues must provide table service, however there is no requirement for tables of six, or even for guests to be on socially distanced tables.
- Face coverings must be worn indoors when not eating or drinking, unless exempt. This does not apply to the married couple or the person officiating.
- Dancefloors are not allowed. Dancing is advised against but it is not considered illegal.
- If holding a wedding in a private setting – such as a garden – you need to complete a risk assessment to determine how many guests you can host safely.
And in Summary… The full guidance can be found here: SUMMARY OF CHANGES FROM 21 JUNE 2021
UPDATED 17 May 2021
STEP 3 – WEDDING GUIDANCE
- Guest numbers:
From 17 May 2021 Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions, celebrations will be permitted to take place with up to 30 people, in a COVID-secure venue
Please remember that our maximum capacity is 24 here at Cote How.
- Key Principles:
It is crucial that all staff, attendees and third-party suppliers visiting a wedding ceremony, civil partnership, reception, or celebration venue are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. If either member of the couple has symptoms of COVID-19 the ceremony, reception or celebration should not go ahead. Anyone displaying symptoms should stay at home and get tested.
Social distancing measures
The guidance on meeting friends and family will change, with a greater emphasis on personal responsibility. Instead of instructing people to stay 2 metres apart away from anyone they do not live with, people will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions to take to help keep friends and family safe.
You should always make space for other people to keep their distance if they want to.
Please refer to the guidance on meeting friends and family for further information and the actions to take to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.
Face coverings and hygiene – Face coverings are currently required by law to be worn in many indoor settings, including weddings. Attendees and staff at a wedding ceremony or reception must wear a face covering (except when eating or drinking).
People who have COVID-19 symptoms should not attend
- Wedding Receptions:
wedding venues will be able to provide food and drink but must adhere to the guidance on hospitality at this step, including that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that individuals remain seated.
- No Cash Payments – We will only be able to operate via a bar tab or individual card payment
- Table Service only – All guests MUST remain seated and staff will take orders and deliver food and drinks to the table only.
- Singing, music, and entertainment – COVID-19 spreads from person to person through small droplets, aerosols and through direct contact. Singing, playing some musical instruments, shouting and physical activity increases the risk of transmission through small droplets and aerosols. Steps should be taken to reduce the risk of transmission.
- Dancing – Dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple’s ‘first dance’. We will not provide a dance floor at any wedding
- Seating Plans – From Step 3, there is no requirement for guests to be placed on socially distanced tables, though they should consider the risks of doing so, as set out in new guidance on meeting friends and family
- Lateral Flow Tests – You can order these FREE online via the Covid-19 NHS app. They are also available at Boots the Chemist. Consider asking your friends and family to take a test 2 days before your wedding to reduce the risks to your precious friends and family.
And in Summary… The full guidance can be found here:
We cannot wait to welcome you all to Cote How…
Caroline & Steve x
SOURCES AND ADDITIONAL READING:
The following links provide the most up to date and relevant information that we feel will be useful to you.
GOVERNMENT LATEST ADVICE
National Government Guidance on the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK. Find out what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus
SHOW ROUNDS & FINAL PLANNING MEETINGS
If you cannot make a meeting in person we will continue to offer virtual tours and meetings using video links via either Microsoft Teams or Zoom, or telephone calls until further notice.
Thank you for your patience and understanding