Our Diocese requested today a clarification from the Home Affairs Bureau on the latest government measure on church weddings. The following is the reply of that Bureau:
In order to further tighten its social distancing measures under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), the Government has restricted the persons attending a wedding — as a religious or cultural ritual — in a suite inside a hotel or guesthouse to no more than 20. This restriction is applicable to any wedding as a group gathering held in a suite inside a hotel or guesthouse.
On the other hand, by virtue of an amendment to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G), effective 23 October 2020, weddings attended by not more than 50 persons are considered as exempted group gatherings. This measure is applicable to church weddings.
Therefore, the maximum number of persons currently allowed at a church wedding is 50 and there has been no change.
In view of the above clarification, the notice we issued yesterday in regard to church weddings is hereby retracted.