Following news of a 5th Coronavirus case reported in Malta, it was yesterday announced that a ban would be placed preventing outdoor gatherings of 2,000 people and indoor gatherings of 750 people from taking place. A multitude of events planned for the coming month have already been postponed following this latest directive, and now the attention has diverted to weddings.

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Many agitated brides have taken to Facebook to share their dilemma: to hold or to cancel the wedding? While winter weddings are not uncommon, it is the warmer months that bring the wedding season to its peak and brides are thinking ahead of time. However, brides getting married in the coming weeks are facing a bigger dilemma, especially those entertaining foreign guests.

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The consensus reached by most brides in similar situations all pointed towards the same direction: wait the situation out and decide closer to the date. One woman advocated for calm and positivity and highlighted China’s current position: “China has already closed the hospital which was specifically built to deal with the plethora of Coronavirus cases as the situation has already improved drastically,” her comment read.

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Following the latest Coronavirus updates, Alistair Floral Design told us that in light of recent events they are working hard to ensure deposits for current and potential clients will not be lost should couples opt to call off their wedding. While each case is being assessed individually, the company will be offering two options: that the deposit be sold to other interested couples or the deposit is moved to a different date either later on in the year or the year after.

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According to the latest health directives, small gatherings can still take place, meaning weddings can still technically be held but with some careful considerations to ensure health and safety procedures are respected. One bride getting married next week announced her wedding is still on track and offered an interesting idea to allow a wedding’s traditional layout to pan out while taking all necessary precautions to keep safe.

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The bride and groom plan to greet their wedding guests personally and will wear gloves while doing so. Another practical solution for those attending mass is to avoid receiving communion directly on the tongue and when it comes to physical proximity during the reception, its best to keep a one metre distance from others.

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