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Coronavirus / Outdoor wedding ceremonies with limited guests now allowed

COUPLES in Shetland are able to get married or enter into a civil partnership again – as long as they hold the ceremony outside and there are no more than three households present.

Ceremonies have naturally been off the agenda during lockdown, while many local couples have also postponed marriages due to take place later in the year.

However, Scottish Government guidance in relation to ceremonies has changed as the country moves out of lockdown.

A spokesperson for Shetland Islands Council said the local registry office is following the new guidelines, meaning that marriages and civil partnerships have been able to take place outside since Monday (29 June).

“Members of three separate households, up to a maximum of eight people, will be permitted to attend an outdoor marriage or civil partnership,” they added.

“This limitation does not include the registrar/celebrant or any necessary interpreter.

“Physical distancing should still be observed unless they are members of the same household.