Wedding Receptions & COVID-19: The Updated Dos & Don’ts in Singapore
2020-10-26


Wedding Receptions & COVID-19: The Updated Dos & Don’ts in Singapore

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At a typical wedding, one can expect both a marriage solemnisation and a reception. COVID-19, however, has made it all anything but typical. While hosting both events consecutively on the same day was a distant memory during the early days of the pandemic, today, it’s finally possible with safety guidelines in place.

So before you engage that wedding catering service that you’ve had your eye on for a while now, or gleefully arrange for separate receptions for your friends and family, here’s the low-down on the latest dos and don’ts when it comes to wedding receptions and solemnisations in Singapore!

(Updated as of 3rd October 2020)

Wedding Receptions & COVID-19: The Updated Dos & Don’ts in Singapore

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Solemnisation 

General rules

●     Vendors engaged (e.g. photographers, videographers, make-up artists, bridal studio) must be on MTI’s permitted list of activities as reflected on the GoBusiness portal here.

●     Vendors who are allowed to resume operations can be excluded from the guest limit, but should be kept to a minimum.

●     Safe management measures must be in place, and all attendees should check their temperature before attending your solemnisation.

●     For contact tracing purposes, you must inform your Licensed Solemniser of the names of the attendees and vendors at least 1 day before the solemnisation, and a list of the names must be available on-site for verification. The attendance record must be kept for 14 days after the solemnisation.

●     The bride and groom must use face masks or face shields throughout the ceremony, only removing it temporarily for key moments such as the exchanging of vows, rings, to kiss, and during march-ins/outs. However, the bride and groom must maintain a 2-metre distance from the rest of the attendees whenever their masks and face shields have been removed. All other attendees must have their masks on throughout.

●     Masks and face shields may be removed briefly for photo-taking, but must be put on immediately after photos.

●     Food and beverages are not allowed to be served as part of the solemnisation ceremony. However, couples may hold one reception either on the same day as the solemnisation or on a separate day. If the solemnisation is back-to-back with the F&B reception, the entire event (solemnisation and reception) is subject to an overall cap of 100 persons, and no other receptions would be allowed.

●     Cultural rites involving food and beverages are not allowed to be conducted as part of the solemnisation ceremony.

In homes, ROM(M) building, and other locations that ROM is operating out of

●     Limited to up to 10 persons, excluding the Licensed Solemniser, interpreter, and any other vendors (kept to a minimum). These 10 persons may include guests who are not immediate family members.

●     Guests are to maintain a safe distance from those from a different household.

●     For solemnisations outside of your home, all participants must check in and out via SafeEntry before entering the premises.

●     Couples must declare their guests and vendors to ROM during the Verification of Documents and Statutory Declaration appointment.

In places of worship 

●     Up to 100 persons (subject to the safe capacity of the venue) may attend the solemnisation, excluding the Licensed Solemniser, religious and supporting workers, and vendors (which should be kept to a minimum).

●     For solemnisations with more than 20 attendees, attendees must be split into a designated core “wedding party” comprising up to 20 persons (including the bride and groom, and the 2 witnesses), and groups of up to 5 people for the remaining guests. At least 1-metre safe distancing must be observed at all times between groups, including the “wedding party”.

●     If the total number of attendees is between 50 to 100 persons, attendees must be split into multiple zones of up to 50 persons in a zone. All attendees, including the “wedding party”, must be assigned to one zone only, and there must be no entering of unassigned zones. An exception is made for the wedding couple, who may enter an unassigned zone briefly e.g. to take photos.

●     All attendees must take their temperature, check in and out via SafeEntry before entering the premises, and download and activate the TraceTogether app for the duration of the solemnisation.

●     The solemnisation may be accompanied by a religious service or rite that does not involve food or drinks.

In other external venues

●     You may have your solemnisation at any venue opened for operation.

●     Up to 100 persons, or the safe capacity of the venue (whichever is lower) may attend the solemnisation, excluding the Licensed Solemnizer, interpreter, and any other vendors.

●     For solemnisations with more than 20 attendees, attendees must be split into a designated core “wedding party” comprising up to 20 persons (including the bride and groom, and the 2 witnesses), and groups of up to 5 people for the remaining guests. At least 1-metre safe distancing must be observed at all times between groups, including the “wedding party”.

●     If the total number of attendees is between 50 to 100 persons, attendees must be split into multiple zones of up to 50 persons in a zone. All attendees, including the “wedding party”, must be assigned to one zone only, and there must be no entering of unassigned zones. An exception is made for the wedding couple, who may enter an unassigned zone briefly e.g. to take photos.

●     All attendees must take their temperature, check in and out via SafeEntry before entering the premises, and download and activate the TraceTogether app for the duration of the solemnisation.

●     Premises hosting multiple events or that are accessible by non-wedding patrons and members of the public are to put in place measures to ensure no inter-mixing between events, or between wedding guests and other patrons (e.g. physical barrier, separate rooms).

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Wedding receptions

General rules

●     If you and your partner have decided to extend the celebration at an external venue such as a wedding ballroom or a restaurant, take note that you can have only one reception, held on the same day as the solemnisation or on a separate day.

●     If the reception takes place in the same location right after the solemnisation, the entire event (solemnisation and reception) is subject to the overall cap of 100 persons (or lower based on the venue’s ability to ensure safe management measures are implemented).

●     You may hold your reception in controlled premises opened for operation (outside of the home and the ROM(M) Building) that can accommodate receptions whereby safe management measures are implemented and enforced.

●     For receptions with more than 20 attendees, attendees must be split into a designated core “wedding party” comprising up to 20 persons (including the bride and groom, and the 2 witnesses), and groups of up to five people for the remaining guests. At least 1-metre safe distancing must be observed at all times between groups, including the “wedding party”.

●     If the total number of attendees is between 50 to 100 persons, attendees must be split into either multiple zones of up to 50 persons in a zone, or staggered timings with up to 50 persons in each slot with at least 30 minutes between slots for cleaning and disinfection of event space.

●     For a zoning arrangement, all attendees, including the “wedding party”, must be assigned to one zone only, and there must be no entering of unassigned zones. An exception is made for the wedding couple, who may enter an unassigned zone briefly e.g. to take photos.

●     For a staggered timing arrangement, the “wedding party” is allowed to remain in each timeslot as it is the only way for them to host the wedding throughout the day. However, like the zoning arrangement, the “wedding party” must not be intermingling with other groups, and prevailing safe distancing rules i.e. 1m distance between groups, must be observed.

●     The total number of attendees has to be capped at 100 persons throughout the entire event (i.e. only 100 attendees in total), or a lower number subject to the size of the premises and safe management requirements. This includes those who attend the reception for a short duration without eating or drinking.

●     There must be fixed seating for all attendees. Pre-wedding receptions, freestanding activities (e.g photobooths) and interactions such as drinks receptions are not permitted.

●     Self-service buffets are not allowed. Sharing dishes/platters are strongly discouraged.

●     Live performances or activities involving singing or shouting are not permitted. Event emcees and persons making speeches on stage may wear face shields in lieu of face masks when speaking on stage, if they are standing in a fixed position and maintaining at least 1m distance from all other persons, in line with MOH’s guidelines for the use of face masks and shields issued on 1 Jun 2020.

●     Guests will be required to take their temperature, check in and out via SafeEntry before entering the premises, and download and activate the TraceTogether app before attending the event.

●     Attendees’ arrival and departure timings should be staggered, and queueing in groups should be discouraged.

●     Cultural rites are subject to the safe management guidelines for receptions (e.g. no intermingling between the wedding party and other groups of guests or between groups of guests).

●     If your solemnisation and reception are held separately, they need not be the same 100 people.

In homes, ROM(M) building, and other locations that ROM is operating out of

●     Entirely not allowed. You may only hold your reception in controlled premises opened for operation (outside of the home and the ROM(M) Building) that can accommodate receptions whereby safe management measures are implemented and enforced.

In places of worship

●     There may not be any reception with food and drinks, or wedding celebrations that are not essential religious rites conducted at places of worship. You may contact your Religious Organisation or MCCY’s Crisis Preparedness for Religious Organisations Programme Office at cpro@mccy.gov.sg if you have further queries.

In other external venues

●     The total number of attendees has to be capped at 100 persons throughout the entire event (i.e. only 100 attendees in total) or a lower number subject to the size of the premises and safe management requirements.

●     There is no fixed time frame or duration limit so long as it ends on the same calendar day, but it is recommended to keep the sessions as brief as possible.

●     You can play video screenings and/or projections of wedding photos during the reception, but there must be no live singing, cheering, loud toasting or shouting during the reception.

●     A stage can be set up as part of the ceremony, but there must be no intermingling between the wedding party and other groups of guests, or between groups of guests.

●     A reception table is allowed if it is to receive guests when they arrive. However, interactions should be minimised and e-check-in or other contactless methods of registration should be adopted where possible.

●     Guests are to be served seated at their tables, instead of queuing at the food lines.

●     On-site cooking is allowed as long as the kitchen staff/personnel remain masked and separated from the guests (similar to a restaurant kitchen). All respective Singapore Food Agency and Food & Beverage sector guidelines must be adhered to.


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