Dancing is allowed at weddings for the first time since the pandemic as teessiders can finally be tied up without limits.
On Monday, July 19, the security restrictions on the coronavirus were lifted, i.e. the limit on the number of guests was lifted, DJs and discos are again allowed at receptions and speeches can be read aloud.
The Middlesbrough registry office in the town hall has also announced that bridesmaids and ring bearers can now attend ceremonies, someone can give away the bride, music is allowed and a reading can also be held.
The steps mark the end of months of uncertainty for couples, many of whom canceled and rearranged their big days multiple times as coronavirus security restrictions and various lockdowns went into effect.
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But the venues on Teesside have also announced that they will continue to adhere to some safety guidelines, especially for staff, to make sure they stay open and everyone is safe as coronavirus rates continue to rise across Teesside.
The Middlesbrough registry office has a full ceremonial diary through October, with the exception of one or two vacancies.
Masks cannot be enforced but are encouraged, the Erimus Room is back to its permanent capacity of 40 guests, the Victoria Room is 10 guests.
The Middlesbrough Council website states that starting Monday, couples can have bridesmaids and ring bearers as part of their ceremony – and someone to give away the bride. Music will also be allowed and a reading can also take place.
“We recommend wearing face coverings in the building, but this is no longer required by law. We also ask that every guest use hand disinfectant after entering the building, ”it says.
“The social distancing rules have been lifted to allow the ceremony rooms to hold their maximum capacity. The Erimus Room is 40 guests and the Victoria Room is 10 guests. These numbers are subject to future announcements and government changes.”
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Dancing is now allowed at weddings at Rushpool Hall, Saltburn Lane, Saltburn as it prepares for a busy wedding season. A couple canceled three times, but are now hoping that their big dream day can take place without restrictions at the breathtaking venue.
“We are very grateful to be very busy,” said a spokesman for Rushpool Hall.
“Our couples have been great and some have chosen to hold their weddings during the restrictions in force.
“We are happy to be fully occupied again and really happy to be able to dance again.”
The Rushpool team will continue to wear masks and operate on bladders, and gloves will also be worn while eating. Many of them have already been stabbed twice, but the venue will continue to take security measures to keep everyone safe from the virus that is spreading.
Summer will be busy with wedding bookings, she said, including a couple who are now hoping to hold their dream wedding after being canceled three times due to the pandemic.
Stockton Register Office increased the capacity of its Nightingale Suite to 32, down from 14 during the restrictions. As usual, the registry office is still only the couple plus two witnesses.
In line with national recommendations, face covering is not required but the venue recommends wearing it. 10 weddings have been booked in the location by the end of July.
The Redcar and Cleveland Registry Office, at Redcar’s Heart on Ridley Street, is also reporting a busy diary. The maximum capacity is now 60 and registrars will continue to ask that everyone continue to wear face covering to protect themselves, staff, and anyone else using the building.
People are also encouraged to log into the venue and have their temperature taken upon arrival.
Another popular Teesside venue, the Parkmore Hotel on Yarm Road in Eaglescliffe, is getting ready for a busy summer.
James Leeds, general manager, said they are now allowed back to full capacity for weddings.
Many couples have postponed their dates until the restrictions are lifted, he said, so they will be very busy going forward.
Dancing is allowed and couples can again have DJs and discos at their wedding.
Masks are recommended to be worn in public areas of the hotel and staff will continue to wear them and continue to take all Covid safety precautions, he said.
“The biggest problem that affects us is track and trace and the people who have to isolate themselves – even though they tested negative,” said James.
“But we look forward to a return to normal.
“After the loosening of the restrictions, we are again at full capacity and discos, DJs and dancing are allowed again.”
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