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Big weddings ban: Barbecue for world leaders at G7 summit sparks ‘hypocrisy’ claims

Couples despair at big weddings ban: Bumper barbecue for world leaders at G7 summit sparks ‘hypocrisy’ claims as it emerges Covid restrictions on nuptials could remain

  • G7 beach barbecue in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, has led to accusations of hypocrisy
  • Wedding industry have been left in limbo about whether they will go ahead
  • No10 denied it breached current Covid rules where 30 can gather outside 
  • Rebecca Lee and Joe Henderson had already moved their wedding date twice 

A G7 beach barbecue has led to accusations of hypocrisy after it emerged that lifting restrictions on weddings will probably be delayed.

Images of world leaders gathered together on the sands of Carbis Bay in Cornwall drew anger from the wedding industry who have been left in limbo about whether large gatherings will be allowed to take place again. No 10 denied the feast on Saturday breached current Covid rules – which allow 30 people to gather together outside.

Weddings are also limited to just 30 guests, although there had been plans to lift those restrictions on numbers next week.

Rebecca Lee and fiancé Joe Henderson have already moved their wedding date twice and had initially planned to get married on August 22 last year but were forced to push back the date to May 7 this year and again to August 5

But concerns over the Indian variant of the virus have prompted ministers to reassess the roadmap, with Boris Johnson suggesting he will delay the initial plan.

The UK Weddings Taskforce, an industry group, estimates 50,000 nuptials planned in the four weeks from June 21 could be cancelled if restrictions remain in place.

They calculated the industry would lose £325million for every week that weddings without restrictions fail to go ahead. Mark Dawson, of the Wedding Venue Support Group, said the 30-capacity figure was based on a hunch from scientists last year and had not been backed up with any hard data since.

He said: ‘Eighty people can sit inside a pub, but if you put a bride and groom in there, you can only have 30 in there, it doesn’t make sense and there’s no scientific evidence to back it up.’

Images of world leaders gathered together on the sands of Carbis Bay in Cornwall for the G7 barbecue drew anger from the wedding industry who have been left in limbo about whether large gatherings will be allowed to take place again

Images of world leaders gathered together on the sands of Carbis Bay in Cornwall for the G7 barbecue drew anger from the wedding industry who have been left in limbo about whether large gatherings will be allowed to take place again 

Rebecca Lee and fiancé Joe Henderson have already moved their wedding date twice.

The pair, both 30, had initially planned to get married on August 22 last year but were forced to push back the date to May 7 this year and again to August 5.

‘My anxiety levels are through the roof,’ said Miss Lee, a public relations director from Manchester.

The couple had planned a wedding for 80. She said: ‘I’m due to pay my caterer in a couple of weeks. Do I pay them for 80 and risk losing thousands if it gets reduced to 30?’

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