‘Don’t make plans!’ Jenrick hints at lockdown extension with warning to British brides

Jenrick urges caution on expecting wedding numbers to increase

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Those planning to book their wedding should hold off until next Monday’s coronavirus announcement by Boris Johnson, a Government minister has said. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick indicated to Sky News’ Kay Burley that a lockdown extension could be announced on Monday when the Prime Minister is set to hold a press conference on the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown. The plan had set June 21 as the earliest date for the removal of all COVID-19 restrictions, but ministers are now concerned that the spread of the Delta variant could delay reopening.

Mr Jenrick said on Sky News that he hoped weddings would be able to go ahead but that further relaxation of Covid rules was dependent on data.

He also cautioned those hoping to book a wedding with more than 30 guests to wait for Boris Johnson’s announcement.

He said: “Well weddings can go ahead right now but with a maximum of 30.

“I appreciate that that’s very tough and I would like to see the number of people attending weddings increase.

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“We’re giving that careful thought. That will be one of the topics that the PM will address on the 14th of June.”

Kay Burley asked Mr Jenrick what his advice would be to those hoping to book a wedding in the near future with concerns about guest numbers.

“People who are looking forward to those weddings don’t have very long to wait for an answer.

“We’ve always said that the roadmap is subject to a review of the data, that is what is happening right now. 

“So whether it’s weddings or international travel or any of these other important topics, you always have to wait until the judgement is made on the basis of the data at the decision point.

“So I wouldn’t make plans until you’ve heard from the PM if that’s important to you.”

June 21 had been slated as the day when all restrictions on social distancing could be lifted, allowing unlimited numbers at events such as weddings.

However, the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has cause Boris Johnson and cabinet ministers to consider an extension of lockdown rules.

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Matt Hancock said this week that the variant was 40 percent more transmissible than other variants.

However, he also stated that the vast majority of people hospitalised with the Delta variant had not been given two Covid vaccines.

The government is now weighing up the risk of the variant compared with the effectiveness of the vaccine rollout.

More than 75 percent of UK adults have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while over 50 percent have had both doses.
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