We still have a long way to go, but wedding receptions for up to 30 will be allowed in England from 1st August. All being well, from October larger events such as conferences may be permitted. From November the government is aiming for a "more significant return to normality" with a hope that this might be in place "possibly in time for Christmas". We hope that this gives more hope for receptions in Scotland and Wales too.
From tomorrow, local authorities will have the power to close certain establishments or industries and to reduce the minimum permitted numbers in order to control and contain the spread of Coronavirus in the local area.
Employers will be encouraged to make workplaces safe so that employees can return to work; this is good news for those in districts where registrars working from home are preventing weddings from happening.
There is no indication yet on whether there will be a phased increase in numbers between August and October.
The Prime Minister referred to receptions only taking place in COVID secure venues so we can expect guidance on exactly what will and will not be allowed over the next few days, after which businesses may have a realistic framework to plan around.
Those couples with large weddings in October are optimistic that they may be able to go ahead almost as planned. Many August and September couples seem happy with the idea of a small and COVID safe ceremony and reception now with a larger celebration later.