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June 2021

Updated Regulations For Wedding Receptions in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)

Here’s what you need to know about getting married in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert).

Updated 18 June 2021, 8.05pm

Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections and clusters in early May, the government announced that wedding receptions would be prohibited from 16 May onwards, alongside a host of other tightened measures. As Singapore transitions out of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 14 June onwards into Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), some regulations concerning weddings have been relaxed.

Wedding Receptions Up to 100 Attendees Only Allowed From Mid July Instead

Last week, the government announced that wedding receptions would be allowed to resume from 21 June onwards, with no more than 100 attendees present and all attendees required to undergo PET, except for wedding receptions with a maximum of 50 attendees, in which case, only the wedding party (up to 20 people, including the bride and groom) are required to undergo PET.

However, due to recent discovery of the Bukit Merah View cluster, the government has announced on 18 June, Friday, that the second stage of reopening would have to be pushed back and measures readjusted. One such readjustment concerns when wedding receptions are allowed to resume. Instead of the previously announced date of 21 June, wedding receptions are now not allowed to resume until mid July, pending further announcements from the government.

Although wedding receptions are put on hold until mid July, wedding solemnisations will be allowed to continue with tighter restrictions since Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) was announced on 4 May. Until 13 June, wedding solemnisations held at an external venue are allowed to have a maximum of 100 attendees with PET required for all attendees, while solemnisations with 50 or lesser attendees are allowed to proceed without PET. All attendees must wear face masks at all times, except for the bride and groom, who may wear face shields.

Cap on Wedding Solemnisations to Increase to 250 Attendees From 14 June

Joanne and Russell’s Magical Horseback Wedding at Capella Singapore by Pixioo

From 14 June, Singapore will transition into Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), and wedding solemnisations held at an external venue will be allowed to have a maximum of 250 attendees with PET required for all attendees. Solemnisations with 50 or lesser attendees may proceed without PET. The wedding couple will be allowed to unmask for key wedding moments, such as the exchanging of vows, rings, the highly anticipated ‘You may kiss the bride’ moment, and during march ins and outs, while attendees are allowed to unmask momentarily for photo-taking.

For home solemnisations, the current regulations stand. The hosting household will be able to invite up to five visitors, excluding members of the hosting household, the solemniser and vendors, or have up to 10 attendees in total, including all attendees but excluding the solemniser and vendors. That means, if you have six family members in your household, you can only invite four other guests to join in your home solemnisation, excluding the head count of your solemniser and vendors. Alternatively, if you have three family members in your household, you can only invite a maximum of five guests to your home solemnisation even though you are allowed to have up to 10 attendees.

What is PET and Who are Included in The Wedding Party?

A ‘Pre-Event Test’ (PET) refers to a COVID-19 test taken by an attendee who wishes to enter a premise where certain events, businesses, or activities are being held. This attendee must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within a specified period of time, before being allowed to enter the venue.

For wedding solemnisations and receptions involving 51 to 250 attendees and 51-100 attendees respectively, PET will be required for all attendees, including the wedding couple. The PET must be done at before entry to solemnisations or wedding receptions, and at most 24 hours before the end of the event. For more details on PET, please visit GoBusiness.

Evangeline and Joel’s Ethereal Impressionist Monti Wedding by Trouvé Photography

For solemnisations with more than 20 attendees, attendees must be spilt into a designated core wedding party of no more than 20 persons, including the bride and groom, and their two witnesses, and groups of up to five people for the remaining guests during Phase 3 (Heightened Alert). Your designated core wedding party can be made up of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, parents, family members, and friends, as long as it does not exceed the head count of 20 persons, including yourselves and your two witnesses.

For more information and updates on the prevailing COVID-19 measures for weddings, read up on the essentials you need to know about weddings held during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature image from Elizabeth and Chong Jun’s Spontaneous Solemnisation Ceremony at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore by Caline Ng Photography

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