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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 November 2020

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Ceisteanna (128, 129)

Richard O'Donoghue

Ceist:

128. Deputy Richard O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Health the position regarding dancing at weddings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34015/20]

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Richard O'Donoghue

Ceist:

129. Deputy Richard O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Health the position regarding hair and make-up professionals services for wedding parties only; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34016/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 129 together.

The Government's medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19, sets out Ireland's approach to managing and living with COVID-19 in a range of areas over the next 6 - 9 months.

The Plan sets out five levels of response, each with a number of measures designed to help us all lower COVID-19 transmission and setting out what is permitted at that moment in time. It aims to allow society and businesses to be able to operate as normally as possible, while continuing to suppress the virus. Each level outlines what is permitted for social or family gatherings, work and public transport, bars, hotels and restaurants, exercise activities and religious services.

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/

The Government's guidelines for weddings at all levels of the Plan are available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/resilience-recovery-2020-2021-plan-for-living-with-covid-19/ .

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