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Hoteliers are demanding clarity about the number of wedding guests

Hoteliers are calling on the government to make a clear announcement on wedding guest numbers this week.

Couples across the country will be anxious to see if the number of admitted guests can climb to 100 by Aug. 5, as anticipated as the society reopens broader.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar advised couples last week to operate on the basis that 50 guests is the maximum allowed.

It is not yet known whether the government will expand the Covid digital certification system to allow an increased number of weddings where all guests are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.

Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said: “Public health remains our top priority and we recognize the difficult balance that government must achieve.

“We urge the government to keep in mind that most wedding guests have been vaccinated while weddings are held in spacious ballrooms, many of which are beyond current social distancing requirements.

“Wedding couples, many of whom have postponed their wedding plans several times, are in danger with their plans less than two weeks before their wedding.”

She added: “In the past few days, hotels and wedding venues across the country have been inundated with calls from wedding couples asking if they need to” unload “50 of their guests.

“It is important to you and your guests to be clear about what is allowed.”

The IHF said wedding venues are “controlled environments with clear processes of seating and contact tracing”.

“Everyone wants to make these days special for couples, given the excitement and uncertainty many have faced while planning their special day,” added Ms. Fitzgerald Kane.

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The president of the Irish Wedding Association, following Mr Varadkar’s remarks last week, said the couples were “very upset” when they heard that the number of people allowed to attend weddings next month is unlikely to rise to 100.

Tara Fay said the wedding industry had not received any information and it would be better if the government said “this is not happening” rather than abandoning couples and not being able to plan with certainty.

The number of couples married in Ireland has more than halved in the past year compared to previous years.

The number of people who announced their intention to marry in January of this year has also decreased significantly compared to previous years.