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COVID WEDDING RESTRICTIONS - STATE BY STATE - UPDATED 3rd DECEMBER 2020
As many of our beautiful community members continue to go about their wedding plans for their upcoming 2020 and 2021 weddings, we thought it would be a good idea to share all the latest restrictions from each state.
We will be updating these articles on a weekly basis, as you know, they can change in the blink of an eye, so it is vital to stay up to date.
Information is correct as at 3rd DECEMBER 2020
GENERAL COVID WEDDING GUIDELINES
If you have guests that are unwell, they must stay home until they are better and please encourage them to get tested.
Dancing - Check with your venue on the size of their dance floor and make sure that it has enough space in line with your state's dancing guidelines.
Catering - Whilst we’ve seen grazing tables and canape style weddings on the rise over the last couple of years, these popular catering options have taken a back seat to the more traditional single plated meals individually served. Chat to your venue to discuss your catering options.
Recording names & contact tracing - It is vital to record all guest names and contact details and keep these records for at least 4 weeks. There may be a requirement to submit them to your Chief Health Office or your Public Health Officer.
Seating - Try to seat guests that are from the same household, family or community together, where possible. This may mean that you have more guest tables, resulting in more table centrepieces or other styling elements needed, but do your best. Speak to your venue operator to confirm their individual requirements.
Going out, travel & recreation - There are currently no local government areas that are listed as restricted areas, however certain restrictions may apply under the Movement & Gathering Direction.
All QLD residents are allowed to host a maximum of 50 people in their homes, this includes the members of the household that reside at that residence. Public gatherings with a maximum of 50 people are allowed as well.
Queensland residents are free to travel throughout the state for any reason without any travel distance restrictions in place. Overnight stays at a place that is not your normal residence is also permitted.
As of Tuesday 1st December 2020, the borders will be open for travel from Greater Sydney and Victoria, so don’t forget to invite your loved ones from across the border.
Covid compliant weddings
Currently weddings with a maximum of 200 guests are allowed where there is Covid safe plan in place at the venue. Of course social distancing requirements remain in place. Please make sure you speak with your Venue Owner and Celebrant if you have any specific questions regarding your venue bookings.
Wedding Ceremonies performed in your home or in a public space are only allowed a maximum of 50 people, where there is no Covid safe plan in place.
Wedding Receptions held at a person's residence such as backyard or in a public place, may have larger guest numbers, so long as a business is engaged to manage the event and operate their Covid safe plan.
The welcome news came last week of an increase to wedding dance floors with ALL Guests being allowed to dance the night away. Get your dancing shoes on, it’s time to Boogie!!!
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday there is no longer a cap on guest numbers so long as the 1 person per 2sqm density requirement can be maintained. This comes into effect as of Monday 7th December 2020. This is very welcome news to couples in NSW.
For weddings held at an outdoor venue with electronic entry recording, 1 person per 2sqm space will need to be applied.
Dancing is limited to no more than 50 people at a time. Singing also has the same cap of 50 people with masks to be worn at all times.
All wedding ceremony services and gatherings afterwards must have a COVID Safety Plan in place, as well as register as Covid Safe. For more information on how to register click here
For more detailed information regarding New South Wales Wedding and Event restrictions please check updates on the NSW government website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
Wedding celebrations in ACT are allowed a maximum of 500 people, not including staff and wedding vendors. All outdoor weddings need to comply with the 1 person per 2sqm ruling, for inside events it is 1 person per 4sqm.
There are currently no limitations to dancing, however observe common sense and social distancing, whilst on the dance floor.
If your business is required to collect data from all attendees, make sure to check out this free app to help with your contact tracing
Wedding organisers must complete a Covid safety plan and its encouraged to have this on hand and Venues must clearly display their occupancy allowance at the entry to the venue.
Victoria currently has the harshest restrictions across all areas, particularly wedding celebrations. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are allowed with up to 300 people, with indoor ceremonies allowing 150 people. Masks are not required by the couple during the ceremony or taking photos.
Wedding receptions, both indoor and outdoor are allowed 150 people taking into consideration density requirements. This includes the couple, however vendors required to facilitate the wedding are not included within this cap.
For more information please refer to the DHHS website. There is an expected update to restrictions scheduled this coming weekend from Premier Daniel Andrews. It is expected that some of these restrictions may be lifted or eased.
In South Australia Weddings held at a licensed or private venue can accommodate no more than 150 people with a 1 person per 4sqm. Weddings held in the home are allowed no more than 50 people. All guest attendance must be registered for contact tracing with SA Health. Church ceremonies are capped at 100 guests only
All venues conducting weddings and ceremonies must also have a Covid Safe Plan in place and may require Covid Marshalls to be in attendance.
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The only restrictions to weddings in WA are the density guidelines of 1 person per 2sqm. I think I might move to WA :)
There is currently no limit to guest numbers in the Territory, however common sense and social distancing measures remain in place.
The size of the wedding venue in Tasmania will determine the guest count, with a maximum of 250 people adhering to the 1 person per 2sqm density requirements. This includes the bridal party and all wedding vendors.
Weddings held at a residential location are allowed a maximum of 40 people including the wedding party and vendors, but excluding the people residing in the home.
Check back here each Monday for all the latest updates.
Stay safe and happy wedding planning
With love from the Veilability team xx