Wedding guests to be limited to 15 under new coronavirus rules – but funerals are exempt
22nd September 2020

THE number of people who can attend weddings could be slashed from 30 to 15, but funerals will be exempt, it is reported

Boris Johnson is set announce the move when he lays out new lockdown measures, including an expected 10pm pub curfew, later today.


According to The Times, ministers had also considered curbing the amount of mourners at funerals, but decided against it.

The move would come as another hammer blow to couples set to tie to the knot after weddings were cancelled completely in March's Covid-19 lockdown.

Currently,wedding ceremonies and receptions in England and Wales are allowed with up to 30 people, including officials, staff and the couple.

In Scotland, the amount of people allowed to attend weddings is capped at 20 people .

CRUNCH COBRA MEETING

The PM is set to chair a crunch Cobra meeting on thecrisis today as the coronavirus alert level was raised from three to four.

It came after a doomsday warning from the UK's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and the Chief Scientific Officer Sir PatrickVallance that cases could soar to 50,000 by mid-October.

Yesterday,  another 4,368 cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths were confirmed in the UK

The expected 10pm pub curfew, from this Thursday, will also hit restaurants and all other hospitality venues in England.

The Prime Minister hopes the move, along with other restrictions to be an­n­ounced, will avoid the need for a second crippling lockdown.



Boris Johnson has staved off pressure from Cabinet to shut the hospitality industry completely and will address the nation on TV at 8pm.

A spokesman for trade body UKHospitality said the curfew was "another crushing blow for many hospitality businesses struggling to recover”.

from the UK’s top docs that we had “in a bad sense literally turned a corner” — with the death rate primed to hit 200 per day again within weeks.

The package of new measures to be unveiled will also include a dramatic increase in enforcement measures to make sure people are obeying the Rule of Six.


More fines could be slapped on those flouting the rules with on-the-spot closures for venues that fail to follow the rules.

Ministers are also poised to signal more working from home is required, just weeks after begging Brits to return to their offices.

There are mounting fears that social mixing between households inside could be banned after it was outlawed in Northern Ireland.

The virus will continue moving down the north east coast in the coming weeks, with outbreaks growing in the Midlands and London, experts say.

Researchers from Imperial College London say future hotspots will include Hartlepool and Scarborough, with both places fighting surging cases by early October.

Meanwhile, punters could be forced to wear face masks in pubs and restaurants in London under a 15-point coronavirus crackdown by Sadiq Khan.

The London Mayor is also urging those in the capital to work from home and avoid public transport "where possible" as cases grow.

Mr Khan also wants other restrictions imposed amid fears London could become the next coronavirus hotspot – including cutting numbers of mourners at funerals and weddings guests.

This could include face masks being worn by all staff members and customers in pubs and restaurants.

Currently they are only mandatory in shops, public transport and takeaways.


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