Government working on changes to rules that ban weddings in coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

THE Government has hinted it is working on changes to rules that ban weddings during the lockdown.

Justice secretary Robert Buckland told BBC Radio 4 that he was giving "anxious consideration" to the effect of potential changes for ceremonies as we enter the next stage of the coronavirus crisis.

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His comments came after Boris Johnson outlined his 'roadmap' for easing Britian out of the lockdown – but failed to reassure expectant couples when their big days can go ahead.

In March, the PM announced a ban on all weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies – although funerals have still been allowed until now.

But Mr Johnson is yet to give a date for when these rules will be lifted.

The issue came up on BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour last night – when a panellist on the show said she was due to be on her honeymoon.


Asked about weddings, Mr Buckland said: "You'll be glad to know that we are giving anxious consideration to the issue of marriages.

"We want to help people like you, but there are also some people who are really… they want to get married because things are happening in their life that means they might not be together for a long time, and therefore I'm giving a lot of anxious consideration to the effect of the potential changes here as to what we can do with regard to marriage ceremonies.

"So watch this space, we're working on it."

Before the ban, the Church of England said the number of people attending church weddings during the crisis should be limited to the legal minimum of five.

They said that those attending a wedding should only include the priest, the bride and groom and two witnesses.

But councils have since encouraged couples to live stream their nuptials and ceremonies to guests via online platforms.

Mr Johnson last night laid out the "first careful steps" of easing the lockdown as part of a three-phase plan to get back to normal life.

He revealed that most of the strict measures will stay in place for now and failed to mention weddings or any other large gatherings.

He did however tell anyone who was unable to work from home that they now would be expected to go back in.

He also added that from Wednesday, the Government will encourage everyone to do more exercise.

Schools and nurseries will also start to reopen from June 1 at the earliest, but pubs are expected to stay shut until later in the year.


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