Wedding numbers are up for government discussion today, as couples anxiously await confirmation on whether they can have 50 or 100 guests next week.
The number of guests was expected to increase to 100 on 6th August, but no clear decision has been made yet.
One option to be considered is extending the Digital Covid Cert system to increase guest numbers where guests are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.
The three coalition party leaders met on Monday evening to discuss Ireland’s health situation with regard to the Delta variant. National sources say that the government is keen to stick to the reopening plan of 100 guests.
Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) President, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said “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,” she said.