Hoteliers Call On Government To Make A Clear Announcement About Wedding Guest Numbers Early This Week
Hoteliers are calling on the government to make a clear announcement about wedding guest numbers early this week.
As reported by rte.ie, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has advised couples to assume that 50 guests will be the maximum number of guests that will be permitted at weddings for the time being, and it is not yet known if the government will extend the Digital COVID Cert system to allow increased numbers at weddings where all guests are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) stated, "Couples across the country face an anxious wait on whether the number of permitted guests can increase to 100 from 6th August, as had been anticipated under the broader reopening of society."
IHF President Statement
IHF President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane stated, "Public health remains our number one priority and we recognise the difficult balance the government has to achieve. We are asking the government to bear in mind that most wedding guests have been vaccinated while the weddings are being hosted in spacious ballrooms many of which offer in excess of current social distancing requirements.
"Wedding couples, many of whom have rescheduled their wedding plans a number of times, find themselves less than two weeks before their wedding with their plans in jeopardy again. Over the past few days, hotels and wedding venues across the country have been inundated with calls from wedding couples asking if they need to 'un-invite' 50 of their guests. It is important to them and to their guests to have clarity on what is permitted."
Fitzgerald Kane added, "From a safety perspective, wedding venues are controlled settings with clear processes in place in terms of seating pods and contact tracing. Hotels are committed to the implementation of the guidelines and protocols developed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with the IHF and with oversight and input from the HSE, HSA, HPSC, FSAI, the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF) and WHO. Since the outset of the pandemic, the implementation of government safety measures has proved highly effective, helped by the strong support of our teams and co-operation of guests. Everyone wants to make these days extra special for couples, given the upset and uncertainty many have faced in planning their special day."
Irish Wedding Association President Statements
President of the Irish Wedding Association Tara Fay reportedly said on RTÉ's Morning Ireland radio programme last week that the wedding industry has not been given any update, and that it would be better if the government would say that "this is not happening", rather than leaving couples unable to make plans with certainty.
Fay reportedly said that while restaurants will be able to host more than 50 people at one time from July 26, numbers for weddings remain unchanged, and that most couples, and those attending weddings, are vaccinated, but that this has not been taken into account.
Decreasing Number Of Weddings
According to rte.ie, the number of couples that got married in Ireland last year more than halved compared to previous years, and the number of people who registered their intention to marry during January of this year was also significantly down on previous years.
Up To 40,000 Weddings Could Take Place In 2022
The above news follows last month's news that up to 40,000 couples could get married next year, twice as many as would normally be the case in a typical pre-pandemic year due to a backlog in weddings.
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