COVID-19 – How do we cover weddings safely right now?

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    SCOTLAND: Scotland will go into a stay at home national lockdown from January 5th 2020 at midnight. Wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can take place with a maximum capacity of 5 people (including the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony, 6 if an interpreter is required), provided the venue’s capacity allows for 2 metre physical distancing. More information about what is and is not allowed during Scotland’s national lockdown can be found here

    ENGLAND: The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced another lockdown for England. The lockdown will be imposed from January 5th at midnight and become law from the following Wednesday.

    The message that you must stay at home has been renewed and those in the extremely vulnerable category are being asked to shield again.

    Attending weddings as a photographer

    • We are allowed to attend weddings in Scotland and England as long as those weddings are following the local and national lockdown rules.
    • We are more than happy to be witnesses at your wedding in Scotland. Restricted numbers right now only allow for the legal minimum of people attending (5) in Scotland.
    • We will wear a mask at all times indoors and we will maintain 2m social distancing while we photograph.
    • We have people in Fern photography in the shielding category. Any weddings taking place in a top tier region of either Scotland (tier 5) or England (tier 5) will be covered by a Fern photographer who is not shielding.
    • We require confirmation 24hrs before the wedding that you and everyone attending is not showing symptoms of COVID-19, has not been with someone showing symptoms and has not tested positive within 14 days of the wedding.
    • We will conduct family group portraits outside and according to social distance rules.
    • We are not allowed to take portraits indoors.
    • We reserve the right to leave the wedding if social distancing is not maintained or if we feel our safety is being compromised.

    Scotland specific rules

    • Wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can take place with a maximum capacity of 5 people (including the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony, 6 if an interpreter is required), provided the venue’s capacity allows for 2 metre physical distancing. 
    • Wedding or civil partnership receptions cannot take place.
    • You must maintain a safe distance of 2 metres between people not in your household or extended household.
    • Face coverings must be worn by those attending a wedding or civil partnership, except for the couple and the person conducting the ceremony.

    England specific rules

    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.
    • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

    Resources:

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-creative-studios-and-shared-workspaces/

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnership-registrations/

    https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

    https://www.the-aop.org/coronavirus-guidance

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