Weddings return welcomed

TWO LOCAL politicians have welcomed a decision to make weddings in Scotland possible during the coronavirus emergency.

 

Dumfriesshire constituency MSP Oliver Mundell and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell had backed calls for the relaxation which was approved at Holyrood on Wednesday.

 

A Conservative amendment giving the green light to carefully choreographed ceremonies, incorporating social distancing and with no large parties, was accepted and agreed unanimously by MSPs.

 

Whilst there was no formal ban in place, registrars had stopped officiating at ceremonies to focus on dealing with an increasing number of deaths during the current global pandemic.

 

The amendment to lockdown legislation going through the Scottish Parliament will let both weddings and civil partnerships go ahead with limited numbers attending.

 

 

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Oliver Mundell described the change as striking the right balance between allowing ceremonies and controlling Covid-19.

 

He said: "This is some positive news as we come through this very difficult period.

 

"There are excellent venues across my constituency, including at world-famous Gretna and Gretna Green, with plenty of space where weddings and civil partnerships can take place in relative safety."

 

David Mundell said: "This is a small, but no less important, step. I'm very supportive.

"It is not only good news for those couples wishing to formalise their relationship but also, hopefully, sets the scene for better times ahead after lockdown for our vitally important hospitality industry."