Caps on wedding guests could still be lifted even if the next phase of unlocking on June 21 is delayed, it has been reported.
Under the current coronavirus restrictions just 30 people can attend a wedding that is held in a 'Covid secure' venue.
At Step 4 – from June 21 – the government says it wants to remove all limits on weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and receptions.
This will be subject to the outcome of the Social Distancing Review and also the Events Research Programme, which will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other mitigations to run events of larger sizes.
There has been speculation recently over whether or not Boris Johnson will order that the next stage in the unlocking of restrictions will be pushed back.
Many have postponed their big days during the pandemic
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Now, The Times reports that the cap on wedding guests will be lifted whatever the decision on step 4 might be.
The publication reports that the Prime Minister, who married Carrie Symonds last month, is 'understood to be determined to relax curbs on weddings and receptions this month.'
Guests would not be required to sit at socially distanced tables, but would still be advised to be “cautious” about contact with other households, the paper writes.
The guidance advises against dancing, with the exception of the first dance and guests and staff must wear masks unless eating or drinking.
A government source was reported to have said: “It’s been tough on the sector.
"If you’ve got stadiums full of people, why can’t weddings go ahead with more than 30 people?”
It comes after the number of coronavirus cases in the UK saw an increase by 74 per cent since this time last week with another 7,540 infections recorded.
It was the highest daily jump since the end of February, when 8,523 cases were reported on February 26.
Boris Johnson said it was too early to say if England's lockdown could end on June 21.