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Is it allowed to organise weddings?

Organising weddings is not prohibited but it should be made sure that each element of the wedding celebration is in accordance with the restrictions in force.

If the wedding takes place at a catering establishment or another similar venue that is subject to restrictions, all participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or negative results of a prior test. The check is performed by, for instance, the restaurant or another person who is responsible for the economic activities and everyday organisation, and managing the operation of the venue where the party is taking place.

If a private person is celebrating a private occasion at their own residence and is ordering food or other entertainment there, this does not constitute a public event and in that case the restrictions do not apply; applying all safety precautions is still highly recommended as the people gathering in these events do not usually come into daily contact with each other and may thus spread the infection.

It is important that an important event would not be shadowed by negative memories.

The responsibility for the legality of the service of wedding planning lies with the provider of the service and the persons who ordered the service.

A person currently has the coronavirus, at the same time a person close to her died. Who is going to bury that close one?

A COVID-19 positive must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. Hopefully it is possible to keep the body of the close one in the cold chamber of the hospital or funeral home until the isolation period of the COVID-19 patient ends. Still, if problems occur, we recommend turning to the local municipality for help.

Are churches open and do worship services and other religious services take place?

It is allowed to carry out public worship services and religious services in a way that up to 50 people may participate in them in places of worship (100 outdoors) or a 50% maximum occupancy requirement has to be observed. There is no obligation to carry out an infection risk check but indoors it is obligatory to wear a mask or cover one's nose and mouth regardless of the number of participants, dispersion of people should be considered when moving around and positioning oneself in the space, the place of worship has to fulfil the disinfection requirements and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The exception does not extend to church concerts which fall under the requirements set to organising events. This means that all participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate to prove vaccination, recovery or a negative result of a prior test.

Can a funeral be arranged as usual? What are the special requirements?

It is not prohibited to organise funerals but it is important to keep in mind that each element of the event is in compliance with the restrictions in force.

If there is a wake at a catering establishment after the funeral, it is not necessary to check COVID certificates in order to eat on the premises but enacting all precautionary measures is very strongly recommended. If COVID certificates are not checked, the guests have to wear a mask or cover their noses and mouths indoors. Indoors it is also necessary to ensure dispersion and the following of disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board.

It is important that an important event would not be shadowed by negative memories.

 

Last updated: 3 May 2021