Further changes to regulations for Halls and Community Buildings

There has been a potentially important change, surrounding the ability of our members’ halls and community buildings to host weddings, which has been made to the Government’s strategy for re-opening halls and Community Buildings.

The day before yesterday, after ACRE’s guidance had been circulated, the BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) issued an amendment to the rules regarding small wedding receptions indoors.  ACRE confirm the change and it is listed below in red.  It is likely to affect any halls who might have weddings booked with them in the near future.

Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are permitted for up to 15 people in COVID-19 Secure venues that are permitted to open or where a broader exemption applies.
  • Receptions can take place with up to 15 people in the form of a sit down meal and in any COVID-19 Secure outdoor venue that is permitted to open. Such receptions must not take place in people’s private gardens or public outdoor spaces.

This is clearly a substantial change from the BEIS guidance issued on 25th Feb which could affect some families and halls.  Marquees with two sides open are permitted at halls  – which have the room in their grounds for them.  Please note that the rules for Wakes remain unaffected.   As a result of this change, CAN has decided not to circulate the new ACRE guidance information (that was sent out two days ago) until ACRE has had a chance to update both the guidance and its website to reflect the change.

ACRE’s guidance can be found here: re-opening-information-sheet-v.9-26-march-2021-final.pdf (acre.org.uk) and the only change we are aware of now is the information in red above, so all the rest of the information in this guide is relevant.