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Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations, receptions and celebrations

Published: 25 Jun 2021
Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Rules and guidance for people involved in planning a wedding in Scotland during COVID-19, including how many people can attend a ceremony and reception.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations, receptions and celebrations
Venue managers and organisers: general advice

Venue managers and organisers: general advice

This section contains general guidance for those responsible for venues or events, including:

Risk assessment

All venues must carry out regular risk assessments to ensure that the setting is as safe as possible, and work out how to minimise any risks. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect people attending.

There should be a designated person responsible for ensuring that a risk assessment is carried out.

See: guidance on assessing risk.

Calculating capacity

The maximum number allowed at a wedding ceremony or reception in a public or exclusive-use venue can only attend if the venue can safely host that many people with the appropriate physical distancing measures in place. This means that in some cases fewer people can attend than this guidance permits.

See the guidance on calculating the capacity of a public venue.

Physical distancing

Venues should ensure that guests can be accommodated with 1 metre physical distancing, indoors between households, and outdoors between groups of up to 15 people.

See guidance for the hospitality sector.

Test and Protect and collection of contact details

Hospitality venues serving food or drink to customers on their premises must collect customer contact details for contract tracing purposes. Guidance on collection customer details must be followed.

Entrance/exit arrangements/queuing

There should be no queuing inside the premises and systems should be put in place to ensure this does not happen.

There is further guidance for the hospitality sector on additional mitigations including entrance and exit arrangements.

Ventilation

All indoor spaces should be well ventilated to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Read the guidance on ventilation.

Cleaning

Venue managers and event organisers must ensure that all areas used by the event are thoroughly cleaned before the next event takes place.

All cleaning should be carried out in line with Health Protection Scotland's guidance for non-healthcare settings

Toilets

Measures should be put in place to help ensure the safe use of toilets, and this should be detailed as part of the risk assessment.

Read guidance on the safe use of toilet facilities.


First published: 25 Jun 2021 Last updated: 21 Jul 2021 -