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As we all know, understanding the ever changing rules relating to Covid 19 are seemingly getting more complex by the day.

You might argue the government put forward a fairly straightforward roadmap a few weeks ago which gave us a clear route out of lockdown. However the problem, particularly for people with weddings to plan, are all the little caveats in brackets…. For example the current roadmap says:

From 29 March:
  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart 
  • Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
  • All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people’s homes)
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation 
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors 
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel may resume
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

When it comes to weddings the rules are even less clear and we are aware of a lot of campaigns on social media for more information from the Government.

Here at JAM Duo we are not getting on that band wagon nor are we offering any advice, guarantees or indeed other information about the road map or what the rules are. We believe the above is accurate as of March 2021 but would urge you to check with the official government sources rather than take this blog post as in any way meaningful with regards to Covid restrictions!

JAM Duo performing at your wedding

We have been taking a regular stream of bookings for 2021 and 2022 throughout all the lockdown periods in the UK. Our first weddings in 2021 are currently planned for June onwards. Certainly the earlier ones may be subject to a rule of 30 – and indeed we are working on the premise that includes us!

On the plus side the current advice says that anyone ‘working’ is not included in the numbers so we take that to mean that you don’t have to count us when planning your guest list!

We all hope that the road map will proceed as close to the current indications as possible but there is of course every chance it probably won’t. And so JAM Duo remain committed to a flexible policy when it comes to playing for your wedding. If we get to June and weddings still have to occur outside for example, that’s not a problem. Weather permitting of course, we can play outside and bring everything needed, including a portable power supply for our digital piano. Our usual premise for playing outside, is that if your guests are prepared to be outside, then so are we!

If you would like to talk to us about performing at your wedding either in the near future or perhaps in late 2021 / 2022 then please get in touch via our contact form. For inspiration regarding music at your wedding you might also be interested in our listen page.

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