The heads of WEDDING venues are desperate to ensure the bride and groom have their perfect day and provide work for the staff – but doubts remain as to when this will happen.
Oldham businesses are hoping that all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted on Monday June 21st, allowing large gatherings to take place.
However, after a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, the government has been asked to consider postponing that date, making planning events like weddings very difficult.
The manager of The Eastern Pavilion on Featherstall Road South, Adeel Saleem, said, “It is a nightmare to plan with all the uncertainties. We have a lot of bookings and will be very busy for the next six months as long as the restrictions persist. ” upscale.
“We’re fully booked from June 23rd and will be pretty much uninterrupted through about September, but all events are subject to the restrictions lifted.
“A lot of people have had to cancel their wedding two or three times, and some customers really want to get married.
“Weddings are made of bread and butter.
“It becomes borderline for us if things are not opened again. It will be difficult and people might lose their jobs.
“Lots of people from all over the northwest come to Oldham for weddings. I think it’s having a massive impact on the city’s economy.”
The east pavilion
After opening in August 2019, Mark Hopkins and his wife Deborah will run The Stables Wedding Farm in Delph, which also offers rooms.
You have not yet been able to host a wedding.
Mark said, “Right now we have four events planned after June 21, three weddings and a wellness yoga festival.
“We work under the premise that things will be open-minded. We have very nervous brides and grooms waiting with bated breath.
“We have to keep our fingers crossed.”
The Stables wedding location
The manager of the Werneth Suite on Manchester Road, Imran Zafar, wants the government to have more “clarity” about the restrictions.
He said, “We have only accepted preliminary bookings with the pressures associated with things like deposits.
“We had so many calls asking for information but nothing was made available to us. We have been closed since March 2020 and I think we were the worst hit type of hospitality industry during the pandemic.”