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Brides Could Face £10,000 Fine For Failing To Complete Wedding Risk Assessment

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Brides Could Face £10,000 Fine For Failing To Complete Wedding Risk Assessment

Couples could be faced with a £10,000 fine on their wedding day if they do not complete a risk assessment for their event.

According to the government website, couples who are hosting an event in a venue that does not need to follow Covid-secure guidance (for example, a garden of a private home, on private land - such as a marquee - or in a public outdoor place) must complete a risk assessment.

Couples could be faced with a £10,000 fine on their wedding day if they do not complete a risk assessment (Credit: Shutterstock)
Couples could be faced with a £10,000 fine on their wedding day if they do not complete a risk assessment (Credit: Shutterstock)

The government explains: "If you choose to have your event in one of these venues and you plan on having more than 30 guests at your event, you must: Consider the risks; take action to minimise them; record this in a risk assessment document.

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"If you host your event in a venue that is not a Covid-secure venue, such as a garden of a private home and you plan to have more than 30 guests, you must complete a risk assessment."

The site goes on to explain what the risk assessment should record, explaining that it should also be shared with suppliers.

The site goes on to explain what the risk assessment should record (Credit: Shutterstock)
The site goes on to explain what the risk assessment should record (Credit: Shutterstock)

"Once you have completed your risk assessment, you must then take the actions identified in the risk assessment to prepare and host a safe event," the advice continues.

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"This might include ensuring plenty of fresh air, and providing facilities for attendees and those working at the event to wash their hands.

"... You could get a £10,000 fine for organising a gathering of more than 50 people outdoors or 30 people indoors, if you do not consider the risks, conduct a risk assessment and take action to minimise the risk. This is required in law."

The risk assessment should also be shared with suppliers (Credit: Shutterstock)
The risk assessment should also be shared with suppliers (Credit: Shutterstock)

Couples are pretty shocked by the news, with one person writing on Twitter: "If they start fining brides £10,000 for not strong-arming their grandmas into masks, I'm leaving the country."

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You can read the full guidance here.

Sigh.

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Topics: Weddings, Life News, News

Lucy Devine
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