Boris Johnson to ‘lift Covid-19 limit on weddings’

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Boris Johnson married Carrie Johnson on May 29 (PA Media)
Boris Johnson married Carrie Johnson on May 29 (PA Media)

Boris Johnson is expected to lift restrictions on weddings on June 21, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister is understood to be set on relaxing the rules on weddings and receptions this month even if other restrictions stay in place.

Currently only 30 people are allowed to attend weddings and civil partnership ceremonies in Covid-secure venues.

The current guidance states that dancing is not advised “due to the increased risk of transmission”, with the exception of the couple’s first dance.

Although ministers are considering delaying the easing of lockdown rules - the restrictions on weddings could be lifted, The Times reports.

A government source told the newspaper: “It’s been tough on the sector.

“If you’ve got stadiums full of people, why can’t weddings go ahead with more than 30 people?”


If Mr Johnson goes ahead with easing the restrictions on weddings, guests will be able to sit on tables that are not socially distanced.

However they will be required to wear masks and to exercise “personal judgement” on hugs, as per current guidance.

It comes as many couples were forced to postpone their weddings or pick which family members could attend their special occasion due to tight rules on the number of guests.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said that the number of guests permitted at a wedding will be a topic addressed by Boris Johnson on June 14.

 (Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd)
(Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd)

This is when the Prime Minister is set to make a decision about Step 4 of the road map out of lockdown.

He told Sky News: “Weddings can go ahead right now, but with a maximum of 30 guests.

“I appreciate that that is very tough and I would like to see the number of people attending weddings increase.

“We are giving that careful thought – that will be one of the topics that the Prime Minister will address on June 14.”

He added: “So again, people who are looking forward to those weddings don’t have very long to wait for an answer.”

Mr Johnson married his partner Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral on May 29.

The wedding was attended by 30 guests, followed by a reception in the garden of Number 10.

They are expected to hold a larger celebration next year.

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