Earlier this month, the Federal Government announced a 3-step plan to bring Australia’s economy out of coronavirus. The plan shows the gradual lifting of safety measures and allows for larger gatherings when it comes to weddings.
The three different stages are as follows:
- Stage 1: Weddings can go ahead with up to 10 people, in addition to the couple and their celebrant
- Stage 2: Weddings can go ahead with up to 20 people, in addition to the couple and their celebrant
- Stage 3: Weddings can go ahead with up to 100 people, including the couple and their celebrant
These first two steps don’t mean too much to weddings going back to normal, as they still heavily restrict the number of people who can gather. It’s the third step that is really our first look at weddings going back to ‘normal’. Each of these steps still has safety measures in place, including collecting the contact information for all attendees and allowing an average four square metres per person. We know that this physical distancing rule means that some venues won’t be able to host the full 100 people allowed in the third step. But we also know that these won’t be the last steps in lifting the restrictions put in place by COVID-19.
I wish I could tell you when weddings as we once knew them will be going back to normal. But unfortunately, it’s too early to tell what this 3-step plan will mean. We won’t know for a few weeks what the initial lifting of restrictions means for cases of COVID in Australia and what restrictions will continue to be lifted, or what will be put back in place.
What I do know is that people continue to get married and are using creative and innovative ways to do so.
We are creating our own normal.
Photo Cred: Rick Liston