Small weddings to be allowed in NSW

Weddings in New South Wales will be permitted from next week, but with a maximum of only five guests.

The COVID-19 lockdown ban on gatherings has effectively halted weddings, but from 12:01am on Friday, September 3, residents can get married with a group of up to five guests.

The minister or celebrant conducting the wedding, as well as a photographer, would not be included in the five guests.

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But today NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said small weddings were returning but without receptions.

"We cannot allow it at the present time because we have had circumstances where weddings have actually been massive superspreader events," Mr Hazzard said.

"But more importantly, bringing large groups of people, your friends, together right now is dangerous. It is just dangerous. So we have found a balance and the balance is obviously the couple can get married with five people present and those who are necessary for the service and I think that's a reasonable balance."

The move came after 1035 new coronavirus cases were recorded in NSW and two more people died from the virus.

Mr Hazzard said wedding guests will have to "comply with the balance of the rules", including not leaving their local government area to attend a wedding.

Vaccination will not be a legal requirement for weddings within the health orders, but is recommended.

Mr Hazzard said the full details would be finalised in coming days, but he said make-up and hair services will not be allowed to open for weddings.

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