Moving to Lockdown Level 4… No Weddings for next 14 days

Covid-19 has in many ways impacted weddings in South Africa for over a year and a half. Some engaged couples or those couples waiting to renew their marriage vows have postponed their wedding more than 4 times! South Africa moves into lockdown level 4 with immediate effect. No weddings are permitted for the next 14 days.

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President Ramaphosa addressed the nation on 27 June 2021

President Ramaphosa addressed the nation on 27 June 2021, just 12 days after his previous national address.  He iterated that we have walked a long road to deal and address Covid-19. Having faced two devastating waves of Covid-19, and which were overcome by responding swiftly and decisively. However we now face another great challenge. A 3rd wave.
  • The daily new cases has overtaken the 2nd wave. Gauteng accounts for 60% of new cases in the country. With exception of Northern Cape and Free State, all infections are steadily rising. In several provinces the healthcare is stretched to the max.  ICU beds are in short supply.
  • Average daily new infections is more than doubling. With a massive resurgence of Covid-19, the situation has gotten worse over the past few days. The virus is mutating and creating new variations of Covid-19.  We now have a Delta variant, found in 82 countries globally, and now detected in five of South Africa’s provinces. Delta variant is more easily transmitted. It can infect far more people and can reinfect people.
  • First Covid-19 wave lasted 15 weeks in South Africa. Second Covid-19 wave lasted 9 weeks in South Africa.
South Africa has endured two devastating waves of the Coronavirus and are currently experiencing the third wave.

Therefore, we need to take extra precautions…

So… Can we have our wedding now? No Weddings.

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No wedding ceremonies or wedding receptions are permitted, from 28 June 2021 and for the next 14 days because:

“All gatherings (indoors or outdoors) are prohibited. This includes political, social and religious gatherings.” (President Ramaphosa). 

Based on scientific advise, the Cabinet has decided South Africa moves to adjusted level alert 4. For the next 14 days (from 28 June 2021), the following applies:
1. All gatherings (indoors or outdoors) are prohibited. This includes political, social, religious gatherings. 
2. Beaches and parks remain open, but NO gatherings.
3. Curfew adjusted to be 21h00 – 04h00. Non essential establishments close before 20h00.
4. Sale of alcohol is prohibited, on site and off site.
5. Travel in and out of Gauteng for leisure purposes is prohibited. This does not include work, business, commerical, transit through airport or transport of goods.
6. If you are not in an area of residence, you are allowed to return.
7. Restaurants can only do take away or delivery.
8. All schools are closed from 30 June 2021.
9. Most businesses can operate at full capacity, on condition to observe all health protocols.
  • After these 14 days, the situation will be reassessed.
Our hearts go out to all the engaged couples who have had to postpone their wedding if scheduled from 28 June 2021 and the consecutive 14 days following. Nonetheless this time can be used proactively in continuing to plan for your wedding, which WILL happen. It is only a matter of time before you get married and have your wedding day.

In summary, neither wedding ceremony’s nor wedding receptions are permitted

…from 28 June 2021, for the next 14 days.  All gatherings (indoors or outdoors) are prohibited. This includes political, social and religious gatherings. The situation will be reassessed by the government after 14 days.

Love is not cancelled. The wedding is only postponed if within the next two weeks.

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There are fundamentally important changes expected of any future weddings.  Read these in this article on Wedding Tips

This article will be updated in our blog as wedding information progress onwards. Watch this space! Most importantly, check into our  Blog Page for more insight into Hot Wedding Topics and stay up to date on the relationship between Covid-19 and weddings in South Africa.

*Note from the Editor:   This article is merely intended to explore grounding information proposed to sober wedding indecision. By no means is this article a comprehensively seamless analysis or official information.  This information is accurate to the date of publishing.  More information will unveil as the government releases further information.