Coronavirus guidance for wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations

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What does this involve?

Each area of Scotland has been assigned to a COVID protection level. There are rules at all 5 levels of the strategic framework about how many people may attend a marriage ceremony or civil partnership:

  • Level 0: no more than 50 people should attend
  • Level 1, 2 or 3: no more than 20 people should attend
  • Level 4: no more than 15 people should attend

You can read further guidance on holding wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance is designed to help couples and organisers plan weddings or partnership registrations in a way that complies with physical distancing laws and hygiene measures.

Those responsible for a venue and celebrants should engage with couples intending to marry or enter a civil partnership about this guidance and how it impacts on the couple. They should also consider how the guidance can be communicated to guests, including before they visit.

Topics include:

  • choosing an appropriate venue
  • Test and Protect
  • physical distancing
  • face coverings
  • singing, chanting and music
  • other points on faith specific practices
  • COVID-19 risk assessment
  • responsibilities of venues
  • guidance on numbers attending
  • electronic attendance
  • gatherings celebrating a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration
  • travelling to/from a marriage or civil partnership registration
  • other relevant guidance for venues, celebrants and participating businesses

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Couples planning to marry or register a civil partnership in Scotland, and celebrants and venues involved in these events.

How long does this take?

It takes about 30 minutes to read the full guidance.

Important information

If the place where you live, or where your marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration will take place, is in an area affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions, you must comply with these measures.

This guidance has been drafted on the basis of the scientific evidence available. It will reviewed and updated as more evidence becomes available, so check back regularly for the latest version.

This guidance is not an instruction to any venue to reopen for the purpose of hosting a wedding ceremony or civil partnership registration. The person responsible for managing each venue should make their own decision about when it is ready to do this and should only reopen if this can be done safely.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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