It’s important – in fact, crucial – that we all consider the health and safety of our couples, and their witnesses, as well as ourselves. That’s always been a requirement of celebrants. But Covid-19 demands more of us. The COVID-19 restrictions on weddings have come as no surprise as the world fights on with this deadly coronavirus. Because of how it’s transmitted, it requires us to think of people who are most easily compromised and not just people who are present at the wedding. That includes people in the broader community who are older, who have a disability, or people who are compromised because of pre-existing medical conditions – eg high blood pressure, diabetes, previous treatment for cancer, pneumonia or asthma, and so on.
Since March 2020, many couples planning their wedding have either postponed their wedding, or changed the scale of their wedding, or have decided to plough ahead and get married in line with the COVID restrictions in place at the time. The risk of people infecting each other – including those not present at the wedding – has been real and awful. Now, as the restrictions in Victoria are eased, wedding professionals, including celebrants, can help couples make a decision that works for them, in setting or re-setting a wedding date.
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Updated 11 January 2021 (Source: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/religion-and-ceremony#can-i-attend-a-wedding)
The COVID-19 restrictions with reference to weddings in Victoria have been greatly eased.
- You can travel to and attend a wedding anywhere in Victoria.
- The venue you hold a wedding at must apply the two square metre rule. This means the limit on the number of people who can attend a wedding is determined by the size of the venue. The two square metre rule applies only if electronic record keeping is used. Otherwise, the four square metre rule applies.
- There are no limits on the size of groups. The square metre rule includes the couple, the celebrant, but not the photographer or other workers such as catering staff.
- A wedding held in a private residence will be limited to the members of the household and up to 15 visitors, the people required to conduct the ceremony are not included in this limit, as they are attending for the purposes of work.
- Dancing is allowed at a wedding but the four square metre rule must be applied to limit the number of people on the dance floor and there can only be up to 50 people dancing at one time.
- You can have speeches, singing and chanting at a wedding.
- The couple can cut the cake together.
- You can serve food and drink at a wedding. Seated and non-seated service (ie standing up and serving canapes or drinks) is allowed.
- You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is mandatory to wear fitted face masks in all indoor public settings.
- It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask while attending a wedding outdoors when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people.
COVID-19 restrictions on weddings means all weddings will be legals-only ceremonies with 5 people in total – the couple, the celebrant and witness. Social distancing rules apply.
– Bronte Price
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