Family events

If possible, avoid organising and participating in events with large numbers of participants. If that is not possible, keep the circle of family and friends as tight as possible, organise the event outside if you can, follow the dispersion requirement and ensure the availability of hand washing and disinfectants.
Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

How to organise weddings and other family occasions safely?

It is important to follow the restrictions and rules in force in the country at the time when organising weddings, funerals and other important family events.

  • Keep the circle of family and friends as tight as possible and organise the whole event reasonably.
  • If possible, organise the wedding ceremony in nature. The reception could also take place outside or in a party tent.
  • Apply the principle of dispersing the people, i.e. the 2+2 principle, to reduce the infection risk.
  • In organised entertainment, avoid contacts between strangers (e.g. in games, dancing) as much as possible.
  • If possible, do not bring smaller children along: it is difficult for them to keep a distance while playing, they tend to touch everything and put their hands in their mouths.
  • Recommend that all guests wear a mask, disinfect and wash their hands as often as possible and keep Bluetooth switched on in their phones to use the HOIA app.
  • If you organise the event in a public space (e.g. a restaurant, a museum, an entertainment establishment, a children’s playroom), all participants over the age of 18 have to be prepared to present a COVID certificate.

What should be considered when organising a funeral?

  • Both burial and cremation are allowed when organising a funeral. Cremation is preferable from an infection risk perspective but it is certainly not obligatory and depends on the wishes of the close ones.
  • An open casket funeral is allowed on the condition that the mourners do not come in contact with the deceased.
  • At the funeral ceremony it would be sensible to include a minimal amount of people, in order to reduce the infection risk. Additionally, indoor gatherings should be avoided and it is preferable to organise the funeral ceremony directly at the graveyard.
  • If the wake takes place at a catering establishment, it is not necessary to check COVID certificates for eating on the premises but taking all safety measures is urgently recommended. If COVID certificates are not checked, the guests have to wear a mask indoors or cover their nose and mouth. It is also obligatory to ensure dispersion indoors and the following of disinfection requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Last updated: 15.11.2021