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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Questions (1202, 1299, 1307)

Steven Matthews

Question:

1202. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Health if clarity will be provided to persons or companies that provide services related to weddings including hairdressers, make-up artist and other related services; and if these services can be utilised outside of a salon setting at the wedding venue in view of the new level 5 restrictions. [32636/20]

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Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1299. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if beauty therapists, hairdressers and photographers can still operate to provide their services to brides, grooms and facilitate weddings going ahead in view of the fact weddings of 25 persons are allowed to go ahead under level 5. [32996/20]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

1307. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health the guidelines in place for weddings taking place under level 5 of the Living with Covid plan; the maximum number of guests permitted; if guests are permitted to stay overnight at a venue; if guests, the wedding party and associated persons can travel outside of the 5 km restrictions to attend the wedding; if musicians are permitted to attend and play at ceremonies and receptions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33051/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1202, 1299 and 1307 together.

The Government has provided guidelines for weddings taking place at Level 5 of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.

25 guests may attend the wedding ceremony and wedding reception and this 25 does not include the persons getting married or persons attending in a professional capacity.

Guests are permitted to travel to attend the wedding and a minister of religion or priest is permitted to travel to conduct wedding services.

Hotel accommodation may be provided for 25 guests and the persons getting married.

Personal services such as hair and make-up services are not permitted at Level 5 in any setting and wedding dress shops are closed to the public.

It is permitted to have a baker provide a cake and it is permitted to have a photographer provide their services.

Live music and dancing are not permitted at Level 5 and the wedding reception must be fully seated. Novelty supplies and acts are also not permitted.

The wedding guidelines are available here: https://covid19.failteireland.ie/industry-updates/government-update-on-wedding-guidelines-october-21-2020/

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