Tuesday, September 01, 2020

A leading Mayo wedding venue has said it will have to ‘play the cards it is dealt’ following strict new guidelines.

by Keith Bourke

Fáilte Ireland says updated guidelines mean wedding guests will have to wear face coverings when not at the dinner table. Only 50 people will be allowed in a function room or bar, and people will need to leave these areas by 11.30pm. Face coverings also must be worn by employees dealing with customers, when there are no other protective measures in place, such as screens or if social distancing is not possible.

The guidance says it should be considered to provide hand sanitiser at tables and guests should enter function areas through automated doors, or those manually operated by an employee. Loose furniture must be removed from rooms to allow for social distancing and there can be no shared items on dinner tables.

Breaffy House Hotel and Resort has hosted six weddings since the country emerged from lockdown.

“There is no point looking at these restrictions as a headache. These are the cards you are dealt and you just have to make the best of it,” said Breaffy House Manager, Wilson Bird. “It’s a very difficult time for couples but once they get to a stage where they have confirmed their numbers and are happy with that then things start to slot into place. We have done weddings with 24 people up to 40 odd,” he added.

Mr Bird said there is an enormous sense of ‘relief’ among couples when their big day does go ahead.

“It’s not quite as it used to be but it’s still a very special day,” he said.

Breaffy has 24 weddings on the books for the remainder of 2020 and is picking up a number of new bookings from couples who have decided to tie the knot after originally calling off their plans.

“They were planning to get married in another venue and cancelled their wedding and as they get closer to the actual date they just say, ‘let’s just get married’. I didn’t see us picking up so many weddings and I also didn’t see us picking up weddings midweek.”

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