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Number of people allowed to attend weddings will rise to 100 on 5 August; Baptism will also resume on the same date

DUBLIN: The government has announced that 100 people will be allowed to attend the wedding from next month. Minister Simon Coveney confirmed today following a cabinet meeting that the government has agreed to allow 100 people for weddings and receptions from August 5th. Under current public health guidelines, only 50 guests can attend the wedding ceremonies.

The Foreign Minister also confirmed that restrictions on baptisms will be lifted on the same date, but only the religious element will be permitted, not the following gathering.

Mr. Coveney also said that there are no plans to resume Communions or Confirmations.

The update on the wedding follows a protest by a handful of brides demanding an increase in the number of guests at the wedding and reception.

The brides assembled this afternoon at the Department of Health on Baggot Street and marched to the TDepartment of the Taoiseach at Government Buildings on Merrion Street upper.

The march was organised by the Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA). The trade association for the Irish wedding industry presented its own health and safety guidelines to the government in the hope of allowing weddings with more than 50 guests.

The guidelines contain more than 50 recommendations for safe wedding ceremonies and celebrations. It covers every aspect of organising a safe wedding, including guidance for photographers, venues, hotels, marquees, and transport providers.

WIPA President, Tara Fay, said: “We want to engage with the Government on this, get our industry back on its feet and provide certainty for couples who are extremely stressed and anxious.

“There are thousands of people in this country whose livelihoods utterly depend on weddings and they need to know if they are going to have a job come September,”

Minister Coveney also said that the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will now work to provide clarity around everything from “indoor, outdoor, music or not, reception numbers and so on, so that there’s clarity before the fifth, and that will be in a regulation to ensure that it’s law.”

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