Church Of England Limits Wedding Guests To 5 Amidst COVID-10 Pandemic

Publish On: 23 Mar, 2020 10:34 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

The deadly COVID-19 pandemic and weddings don't mix. 

The Church of England has limited guests attending church weddings to 5people -- priest, bride, groom, two witnesses --due to the coronavirus epidemic, reports say.

In an updated guidance on their website, the Church said on Thursday: "While wedding services may continue, numbers attending the ceremony in church will need to be strictly curtailed to the legal minimum. 

"Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend given the restrictions on numbering, churches will be happy to explore ways to allow others to join the service, either through platforms such as Skype, or recording the service to send at a later date to anyone unable to attend."

The Church further said that the priest wasn't required to touch the rings to bless them, nor does he or she need to touch the couple's hands as a part of a prayer or blessing, reports the Metro newspaper.

Besides the five people, no additional church personnel will attend the service, including organists, vergers or audio system operators.

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has crossed 2,800, with more than 140 deaths.