{29 March 2020}

For a week now, weddings have been restricted to 5 people (including celebrant + 2 witnesses + couple). Please work with your celebrant to ensure your elopement complies with all laws. There are huge consequences for vendors who breach the rules.

{22 March 2020}

 Tonight’s press conference by the PM explicitly stated that restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only, which I can only assume means restaurant weddings are now banned until further notice. Similarly, the restaurants within hotels will be closed for gatherings. Entertainment venues will also be restricted – which from the experience of other countries I believe might mean theatres and concert venues – but please watch the news in coming days for clarification.

Places of worship have also been asked to close. Specific guidelines were given for funerals, but weddings were not mentioned. The restrictions apply to: “Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).”

 While more clarity will come in the next few days, it is hard to imagine the government condoning weddings if this is their stance on funerals and other gatherings.

 Many couples are now coming to the difficult conclusion that a postponement of their wedding is the most sensible decision in order to protect their loved ones. And they are also becoming aware that tighter and tighter government restrictions are inevitable. Postponing now gives couples the best chance to secure the new date of their choosing.

 For the most up to date news on this, I can recommend the ABC live feed here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-22/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-covid-19-latest-news-lockdown/12078506

 Or if this link fails in coming days, just go to abc.net.au and click on the tabs at the top to take you to breaking news.

 

 For medical or legal advice please don’t rely on anything I’ve said here.

Call your GP or 13HEALTH to find out more about what you should do if you or someone attending your wedding has a suspected case of COVID-19.