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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Get married from July 10th as regulations are relaxed
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Arlene Foster has announced that the NI Executive from July 10th, will relax the regulation around couples getting married.

Ceremonies will include indoor weddings, civil partnerships and baptisms and will take place with a limit on the number of people present depending on size of venue and guests adhering to social distancing regulations.

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Ministers have agreed that places of worship will be enabled to resume baptisms from Friday, July 10.

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They have also agreed that indoor marriage ceremonies in places of worship can resume from Friday, July 10. Local government offices and other venues can resume marriage and civil partnership services from the same date.

It will be up to venues to determine their precise opening dates for ceremonies.

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Venues will determine if they wish to provide post-ceremony celebrations.

Numbers attending indoor marriage and civil partnership ceremonies and post-ceremony celebrations will be determined by the venue on a risk assessed basis, taking account of the individual circumstances of each and adhering to all relevant public health advice and industry guidance.

The proposed changes to the Coronavirus restrictions will be confirmed by the Executive on Thursday July 9.

Couples contacting registrars and officiants to rearrange their marriages should be aware that there is a backlog of couples waiting but every effort will be made to accommodate everyone as soon as possible.

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