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Weddings limited to just 15 guests but funerals are exempt

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Newly weds Stuart and Diana Greenwood celebrate their wedding day at the Regal Moon JD Wetherspoons pub on July 04, 2020 in Rochdale, England. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
The Prime Minister has limited weddings to 15 guests (Picture: Anthony Devlin/Getty)

Boris Johnson has announced weddings will be limited to just 15 guests amid a wave of lockdown measures.

Funerals will not be affected by the new restrictions, with a cap remaining at 30 people.

Announcing the measures in the Commons, the Prime Minister said the nation has reached a ‘perilous turning point’ and the government must act now to stop coronavirus cases surging.

He said: ‘Now is the time to tighten up the rule of six.

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‘I’m afraid from Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, though up to 30 can still attend a funeral.’

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Pubs, bars and restaurants are allowed to remain open but will have to close before 10pm or risk a hefty £10,000 fine.

Venues will also have to switch to table service only to prevent crowds gathering at the bar.

The PM officially dropped his ‘back to the office’ message, with Brits once again told to ‘work from home if you can’.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: The Music Room of Burgh House is laid out to respect the social distancing guidelines ahead of this weekends resumption of wedding services across the country, on June 30, 2020 in London, England. Usually holding around 70 guests, the new COVID-19 guidelines limit the amount of wedding attendees to 30, but this total must include all staff, caterers, officials and photographers who are working in the building. Burgh House, built in 1704, operates as a charity and raises the majority of its income from room hire for weddings and private events. To accommodate the new rules, guests will arrive in staggered groups of two, hand sanitiser will be available throughout the venue, all doors will remain open throughout and a strict route plan will be observed to ensure safe distancing as people move from room to room. As the country continues to emerge from the pandemic lockdown, public restrictions are being adapted and relaxed, according to the level of local infections. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
The new restrictions could be in place for another six months (Picture: Getty)

Mr Johnson insisted this is not a return to the full lockdown, when people were told to stay at home.

The PM warned the restrictions could last for another six months, dashing the hopes for a return to normality by Christmas.

He said: ‘This virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue.

‘We will not listen to those who say let the virus rip, nor those who urge a permanent lockdown.

‘We are taking decisive and appropriate steps to balance saving lives with protecting jobs and livelihoods.’

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