Wedding and party bookings skyrocket by 250% while private event inquiries soar 630% since Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown
- Private party inquiries have soared by 630% since PM announced roadmap
- Estimated 600,000 couples believed to be booking weddings by end of 2022
- Surge in bookings and supplier closures will see event prices hiked 25%
Bookings for weddings and parties have skyrocketed by 250 per cent as the end of coronavirus lockdown measures are in sight.
Inquiries about private parties have soared by 630 per cent since Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown which will see all limits on mixing lifted on June 21.
An estimated 600,000 couples are believed to be trying to book in their weddings by the end of next year.
An estimated 600,000 couples are believed to be trying to book in their weddings by the end of next year
Inquiries about private parties have soared by 630 per cent since Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown which will see all limits on mixing lifted on June 21
Founder of event-booking site Feast It, Hugo Campbell, told The Guardian: ‘It feels like the start of the Roaring 20s all over again
‘If the roadmap works out it is the start of what is going to be a number of boom years for events . People are going for it – they want to get out and make up for lost time.’
A backlog is expected due to events booked last year which were pushed back when various lockdowns and restrictions were put in place throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
These re-bookings will then be stacked on top of the number of bookings expected in a normal year coupled with people wanting to make the most of their freedom and hosting more events.
The surge in bookings paired with various supplier closures due to lockdown measures will see prices for events such as weddings see a 25 per cent price spike.
How will lockdown ease in the roadmap?
Step One Part One: March 8
From March 8, all pupils and students will return to schools and colleges across England.
So-called wrap-around childcare will also be allowed to resume, paving the way for after and before school clubs to reopen.
People will be allowed to meet one other person outside for recreation, for example, to have a picnic or to meet for coffee.
Care home residents will be able to have one regular named visitor.
The Government’s stay at home order will remain in place, with travel for non-essential purposes still banned.
Step One Part Two: March 29
From March 29, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed. These gatherings will be allowed to happen in private gardens.
Outdoor sports like tennis and basketball will be allowed to reopen and people will also be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
It is at this point that the Government’s stay at home guidance will end, to be replaced by ministers encouraging people to ‘stay local’.
However, the Government is expected not to define what constitutes local, instead choosing to rely on people using their common sense to decide on journeys.
People will still be told to work from home wherever possible while international travel will still be banned unless it is for essential purposes.
Step Two: April 12
Nom-essential retail will be allowed to reopen as well as personal care premises like hairdressers, barbers and nail salons.
Public buildings like libraries, museums and art galleries will be allowed to welcome back customers.
Meanwhile, hospitality venues and outdoor attractions like theme parks will be given the green light to reopen in some form.
However, there will still be rules on household mixing: Essentially any activity which involves being indoors will be restricted to members of the same household.
Gyms and swimming pools will also reopen from April 12 but only on the basis that people go on their own or with their own household.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen but at this point they will only be able to have customers outdoors.
Any visits to a pub or restuarant will have to comply with the rules on social contact, so no more than two households or the rule of six.
The Government will not be bringing back the old requirement for people to order a substantial meal with alcohol while the old 10pm curfew will be ditched.
All customers at hospitality venues will also have to be seated when they order food or drink, with ordering at the bar prohibited.
Campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households can also reopen but trips must be restricted a single household.
Funerals will be allowed to continue with up to 30 people, while the rules on wedding receptions will be eased to allow the number of guests to increase from six to 15.
Step Three: May 17
The two household and rule of six requirements for outdoor gatherings will be ditched but gatherings of more than 30 people in places like parks will still be banned.
Crucially, mixing indoors will be allowed again. The rule of six or a larger group from up to two households will be allowed to meet.
However, this will be kept under review by ministers to see if rules could be relaxed still further.
This is also the point at which pubs and restaurants and other hospitality venues will be able to open indoors, with the rule of six and two household limit in place. But groups meeting outdoors at pubs will be allowed to be bigger.
Entertainment venues like cinemas and children’s play areas will be able to reopen, as will hotels and B&Bs. Indoor adult sports groups and exercise classes can also reopen.
Changes will also be made to sporting and performance events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half full
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