#AskRanvir: Ranvir explains the latest government guidelines on weddings and pubs and restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic

The government has released new guidelines about weddings and pubs and restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh explains what the guidelines mean.


"What can people expect when they go to the hairdressers from July 4?"

Ranvir: "When you go to the hairdressers, things will be very different. Hairdressers are going to have to wear protective visors that go below the chin. They don't need to wear additional masks and also you as a customer, you can choose to wear a mask but actually it's not mandatory for you. Also, there is this thing called Barbicide which you may have heard of, it's this disinfectant which is used for all the equipment. There is Barbicide Covid-19 training available to hairdressers. You may well want to ask your hairdresser before you book if they have had that training because it definitely gets rid of any coronavirus on any of the scissors or metal equipment that they're using. You can still have your hair blowdried, thankfully, but magazines, any books like that, that can carry the coronavirus on it will be ditched."

"Also, all hairdressing salons will have to keep their music very low so that nobody has to shout over the sound of the hairdryer and the music to get people to do their jobs. So it will feel quite different. Of course, there will be perspex at the tills, drinks might not be served and customers will be seated far apart from each other. Whatever time you're appointment is, you will be told to arrive exactly on the dot, not before because they don't want people congregating in the hairdresser's reception area."

Pubs and restaurants

"What can people expect when they go to a pub or restaurant from July 4?"

Ranvir: "For restaurants and pubs, things will look a bit different. You can expect table service mostly, so not really going up to the bar to order your drinks or to order your food. Don't expect the staff to be wearing face masks or visors. There's no PPE required or recommended for pubs and restaurants opening which may surprise you. When you're making your order, if you've got allergies or you've got different changes to the menu, just understand it will take time to communicate that. So if you're expecting the same slick service that you've always had from your favourite restaurant, just give them a little bit of leeway because things will take a little bit longer."

All venues now will have to keep a record of everybody who comes in for at least 21 days to help with test and trace. The big one for pubs, of course, is whether they can show sporting events. Well, the answer is yes they can which is quite surprising isn't it? But they have to do a Covid risk assessment and if they think that sporting event - say a football match - will encourage chanting or singing or anything like that where there could be droplets of water being put out in the air, then they have to assess that, that can't be shown and also you can't just go back and meet all your mates all at once in the pub or at a restaurant because don't forget it's still only two households meeting indoors."


"What are the rules the government has put in place for weddings?"

Ranvir: "Ceremonies are going to have to be kept as short as possible. No food or drink should be had at the wedding unless it's part of the ceremony. A maximum of 30 people at the wedding. Now don't forget, that includes the official, it includes the photographer, not just your wedding guests and of course social distancing of at least one metre in between different households should be practised at all times."

"Anywhere where you have a wedding now will have to keep a temporary record for 21 days of everybody who attended to help test and trace should anyone in that room have Covid in the weeks that follow."

"When will the government guidelines for weddings be reviewed?"

Ranvir: "So many people who are looking to delay and postpone their weddings now will be thinking when can we fix a date in the future. I'm afraid to say, as far as I can see it, these new guidelines on smaller weddings - it doesn't feel like a wedding in many cases - will last until the end of the year. And Of course, it all depends on that reinfection rate, the reproduction rate of coronavirus. If we can keep it low. But as we've seen in Leicester of course, things do spike. I think probably for the rest of 2020, weddings will be small and unlike anything we've seen before."