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Couples Must Cancel Their Weddings If They Get Pinged By Covid-19 App, Government Confirms

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Couples Must Cancel Their Weddings If They Get Pinged By Covid-19 App, Government Confirms

On Monday, wedding restrictions were completely scrapped along with the rest of the country's rules and regulations, as Freedom Day commenced.

But the 'pingdemic' is still in full force, with the Covid-19 NHS app catching thousands of people across the country due to high rates of infection.

And the government has advised that anybody who gets 'pinged' in the run-up to their big day must cancel, and self-isolate instead.

The NHS Covid app is catching people across the country (Credit: PA)
The NHS Covid app is catching people across the country (Credit: PA)
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While there has been some confusion on whether isolating when you get a notification is compulsory, the new statement makes it clear that things are pretty black and white.

While the contact tracing app is not bound by law, the government has asked people to make an "informed choice" and take "personal responsibility" for the risk they may be carrying.

Speaking on LBC, Vicky Atkins, the Home Office minister was hypothetically asked what someone should do if they were "pinged the night before [their] wedding".

Wedding parties are being advised not to go ahead (Credit: Shutterstock)
Wedding parties are being advised not to go ahead (Credit: Shutterstock)
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After a pause, she said: "Oh gosh. The guidance is 'please, you must stay at home'. That is a terribly, terribly difficult scenario."

The Prime Minister's official spokesman added: "Yes, we recognise that would be a difficult situation for anyone, but the app is carrying out an important function.

"One in three people contacted either by Test and Trace or the app go on to develop coronavirus. That demonstrates the importance of isolating people when asked to do so."

Boris Johnson is currently self-isoalting himself (Credit: PA)
Boris Johnson is currently self-isoalting himself (Credit: PA)
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Boris Johnson, who is currently self-isolating himself, spoke via Zoom into Chequers for Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, and urged people to abide by self-isolating guidelines until August 16th.

From this date onward, he reassured the public that we would be moving to "a system based on contact testing, rather than contact isolation."

"Until then, I must remind everybody that isolation is a vital tool in our defence against the disease," he said.

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Topics: Coronavirus, Wedding, News, Politics, Health

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