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Wedding ceremonies and receptions

Resources and guidance on how to complete a COIVD-19 Safety Plan and register your wedding ceremony and reception.

Who must develop the COVID-19 Safety Plan

The responsible person for a wedding or a wedding reception must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters in the checklist.  

The responsible person is generally the occupier of the premises in which the wedding or wedding reception is held. However, if the wedding or wedding reception is held in a public park, a reserve or public garden, the responsible person is the person organising the wedding/reception or the person conducting the service.

NSW Health advice regarding singing and chanting

Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission of COVID-19 should someone involved be infected. To help mitigate this risk, NSW Health has provided advice regarding singing and chanting in indoor and outdoor settings.

See NSW Health advice regarding singing and chanting.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Type of event Maximum capacity summary
Wedding service

Capacity in regions outside of Greater Sydney must not exceed one attendee per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space. In Greater Sydney, capacity must not exceed 100 patrons, OR one attendee per 4 square metres of publicly accessible space, whichever is less.

Children count towards the capacity limit.

Note: ‘Greater Sydney’ means Greater Sydney as defined by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020.

Dancing at a wedding

Only the wedding party, to a maximum of 20 persons, is permitted on a dancefloor.

Note: There cannot be rotation of people on the dancefloor beyond this wedding party.


COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all wedding services and gatherings after wedding services must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All wedding services and gatherings after wedding services should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as COVID Safe

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as COVID Safe


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