One year on and who’d have expected the events that have occurred over the past year?
For many couples it has understandably caused endless stress and many emails to their wedding suppliers, postponing, rescheduling and in some cases cancelling of their wedding day.
Couples are not alone in this, all of the Wedding Industry have been on tenterhooks constantly awaiting new announcements of restrictions and relaxations relating to the future of the Wedding season, both in the UK and Cyprus.
News broke this week that Boris Johnson’s own wedding, to fiancee Carrie Symonds, will not take place until 2022, making many wedding businesses nervous about the future and possible collapse of the UK wedding industry if restrictions are not eased this June. Restrictions in the UK are due to relaxed from the current limit of 30 attendees, on the 21st June
“What does this mean for my sector? We’re going to be stuck at 30 people all summer? People have taken it, rightly or wrongly, to mean he’s not confident enough to get married this year,” said wedding planner Sarah Haywood from the UK Weddings Taskforce.
To couples with multiple postponements this may seem worrying, perhaps Boris is simply too busy to plan his Wedding this year, or unwill only start planning for his wedding this year as most couples popularly choose to plan their weddings 12-16 months in advance.
The prime minister had promised to give 28 days’ notice to changes to the UK wedding rules, but no announcement was made on Monday due to concerns around the India variant.
For the Cyprus wedding industry, the ups and downs have been very similar, however with a recent low number of cases and 48.6% of the population now having received their first vaccination (as of 21/5/21) ranking Cyprus 3rd among EU states (for vaccination doses and at a fairly advanced stage of vaccination plan) things are looking hopeful.
As of the 17th May 2021, the latest announcement on Cyprus COVID-19 restrictions allows for a maximum number of 200 persons allowed to attend a Wedding in Cyprus, providing that up to 30% of the capacity of the ceremony venue is used. Wedding lunches & dinners (receptions are not allowed) are allowed in outdoor areas of catering establishments with a number of 200 persons in attendance, and 75 persons for indoor areas. However those in attendance must be seated and the use of dance floors are prohibited. A 12pm curfew is currently still in place.
Further relaxations and proposed resumptions of Weddings in Cyprus are scheduled as follows:
From the 1st – 14th June 2021, a number of 150 persons for indoor lunches & dinners, 280 people for outdoor lunches & dinners, with the resumption of Wedding Receptions/ Cocktail parties of up to 250 people at any time and only outdoors.
From 15th June – 30th June 2021, a number of 250 persons for indoor lunches & dinners, 350 people for outdoor lunches & dinners, with the resumption of Wedding Receptions/ Cocktail parties of up to 250 people at any time and only outdoors.
From 1st July – 30th July 2021, a number of 250 persons for indoor lunches & dinners, 400 people for outdoor lunches & dinners, with the resumption of Wedding Receptions/ Cocktail parties of up to 250 people at any time and only outdoors.
It is stressed that the phases, as described above, will be strictly implemented only if the epidemiological data allow it and provided that in every case the health protocol is complied with.
Arriving in Cyprus
Currently, Cyprus has the United Kingdom listed within the Orange Category (as of 24/5/21 – updated weekly). Meaning that couples arriving from the UK are required to undergo a PCR laboratory test within 72 hours to their departure and to possess a negative PCR result.
As of 10th May vaccinated couples along with their guests are allowed into Cyprus without a PCR test required as long as they hold a valid certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 and are exempt from any obligatory PCR testing (or self-isolation/ quarantine if arriving from any other country) (for the Janssen vaccine 14 days must have elapsed since the administration of the vaccine prior to date of travel.
Regardless of the couple’s country of residence or vaccination status, everyone entering Cyprus must apply for the CyprusFlightPass 24hours before the departure of their flight.
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