Weddings Need Clarity

Photography courtesy of the Ashdown Park Hotel , Gorey.

Over recent weeks we have seen many weddings canceled or postponed throughout the county because of the COVID 19 restrictions.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said he is unable to provide any more clarity on when “big” weddings may be allowed in Ireland.

“The nature of weddings involves interaction, close interaction, social engagement with people”

“They are exactly the kinds of conditions which give us among the greatest concerns we have about social interactions that ease the spread of this infection.”

Under the Government’s five-phase recovery plan, small weddings will be permitted in phase four, which is provisionally scheduled to kick in on July 20. The plan envisages that restrictions on big weddings will remain in place in phase five.

What constitutes a small or big wedding?

“I think it’s difficult for us to say with certainty, suffice to say at this stage, even though it’s challenging, we think that gatherings of this kind are going be some of the more challenging things for us to see resumed.”

“While I can completely understand what that means for brides and grooms, we’re not in a position to give assurance that we will be able to see at a point in time weddings of a certain type and social activities of that scale, or any social activity of a similar scale, being reintroduced.”

“But as soon as we think we’re able to give that kind of clarity we will provide it.”

This is not the type of information that couples want to hear about their big day, it adds confusion and uncertainty, we spoke to Paul Finegan, the General Manager of the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey.

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