Today the NSW Government announced updated changes to covid-19 restrictions for weddings.
Here are the latest updates and some insight into what they mean for your wedding planning:
Up to 300 ceremony guests in a place of worship
This is the current maximum number of guests including children that can attend a ceremony in a place of worship.
The 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies for social distancing.
Up to 300 reception guests
This is the current maximum number of guests including children that can attend reception at a venue.
The 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies for social distancing for indoor receptions.
The 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies for social distancing for outdoor receptions.
Up to 20 people in the official wedding party are allowed to dance
A maximum of 20 wedding party members may rotate dancing.
Only the wedding party are currently allowed to dance.
Guests are still not permitted to dance – this would include family members as they are outside the wedding party.
All guests must check-in using an electronic check-in app
This can be done using a QR Code (available from the NSW government site https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/qr-codes#covid-safe-check-in-with-the-service-nsw-app) which is free.
All guests must advise if they have been ill leading up to the wedding
If a guest has been ill leading up to the wedding, they are required to have a covid-19 test and have clearance before they can attend the wedding.
There are restrictions on performers for the ceremony and reception:
A small group of up to 5 people may sing together:
Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders):
Players of all other instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments):
Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.
Other Factors to Consider:
Consider taking photographs before the ceremony instead of in between the ceremony and reception
This is not compulsory it is an advisory suggestion from the NSW Government to limit guests being in physical contact for extended periods.
Consider alternatives to physical gifts and guest books
This is not compulsory it is a suggestion to prevent contact with the covid-19 on surfaces that may have a large number of possible transmissions.
For more information visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/wedding-ceremonies-and-receptions or your state or territories government site.If you have any questions or concerns about how you might implement or manage these restrictions on the day of your wedding you can book a consultation with me using the contact form on the website https://seaandtreeweddings.com.au/contact