Up to 100 guests to be permitted at weddings from August

By James Fenton

May 28, 2021 at 8:04am

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It's the news many brides and grooms have been waiting for as wedding guest numbers are set to increase significantly in July and August.

The Government will make its next announcement on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions later today and it's set to be the most positive yet. According to widespread reports, Micheál Martin is set to confirm that 50 guests will be permitted at wedding receptions from July 5 with this number set to increase to 100 in August. Currently 50 guests can attend a service with six being permitted to attend a reception, increasing to 25 from June 7.

Among other restrictions that are set to be eased are the ones around international travel, which is expected to be permitted from July 19 under the EU's Digital Green Pass system. Meanwhile, outdoor gatherings, such as sports events, of 100 people to be allowed in June, rising to 200 in bigger venues. Up to 5,000 people, or 25% of capacity, will be able to attend events at outdoor venues from August, giving hope to the possibility of crowds at the All-Ireland Finals.

As well as that, cinemas are now set to reopen earlier than expected, on June 7. Cabinet will discuss all of these measures before the official announcement later this evening.

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