Weddings, wakes and face masks

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021, SI 2021/705 (“the Amendment”) were published on 15 June, approved in the Commons on 16 June (by 461 to 60), and are due to come into effect at 11.55 p.m. on 20 June 2021. These provisions are applicable in England and extend to England and Wales.

As announced on 14 June, they extend the move to Step 4 from 21 June to 18 July 2021, and make a number of amendments relating to weddings, funeral and the wearing of face masks. They remove most limits on the numbers who may attend a wedding or civil partnership, a reception for a wedding or civil partnership, or a commemorative event following a person’s death, and amend the power of disapplication of the Secretary of State in regulation 9. Continue reading