Boris Johnson hints that big weddings could be back to normal by Easter
7 December 2020, 10:09
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that big weddings could return by Easter if guests are tested for coronavirus.
Boris Johnson has suggested that big weddings could resume next Easter, saying that he hoped life would be 'much more close to normal' by then.
Speaking at the online virtual PMQs, the Prime Minister spoke of his hopes that bigger weddings could go ahead if guests are tested for coronavirus.
He said that - with the roll-out of mass testing - he hoped that life could be “much more close to normal, which we think we’ll be by Easter”.
Mr Johnson said that testing “combined with the number of people who've been vaccinated will make a difference, I think before Easter”.
He also said that he believes lateral testing would “allow events like weddings to go ahead”.
However, he added that he did not want to “declare” then and there that “if all wedding guests have a lateral flow test and all wedding guests are negative, that you can go ahead as planned.
"As we get better at understanding how people respond to it, and how it works, then I think is very much on the cards.
"And so that is something that I believe will be possible to deliver."
He also added that the problem with weddings during the pandemic was “the number of people coming together”, adding that those thinking of a summer wedding “will be alright”.
He said: "It's my strong hope and belief that by the summer, one way or the other, whether by vaccination, which I hope and believe we will have delivered by Easter, as I say, or by lateral flow testing, we'll be in a different world.
"So, my hope is that by summer it really will be a different world for the weddings and events industry."