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Virus crisis puts wedding plans on hold for over 40 couples

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Over 40 couples have had to postpone their weddings or civil partnership ceremonies due to the coronavirus, the Gibraltar Government confirmed yesterday.
All weddings and civil partnership ceremonies were suspended on March 22, following the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s announcement that Gibraltar would be in “total social lockdown”.
The lockdown means that large social gatherings have been banned, and all ceremonies have been suspended until April 21.
“There are a total of 43 affected couples and emails were immediately sent out to all, advising them of the temporary suspension,” the government told the Chronicle.
“Couples with paid confirmed bookings have been given the option of either a full refund or the opportunity to transfer their booking to a later date.  The majority have requested the latter.”
“Customers have been advised that these temporary measures are being reviewed every 48 hours and will be updated with any developments, as and when necessary.”
According to the Catholic Diocese of Gibraltar, one wedding was cancelled in March due to the increased social ban.
The church added they had no weddings planned at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned in April.
But four weddings set for summer 2020 in the Cathedral have been moved following requests by couples, wary of whether the restrictions would continue into the summer months.
Two weddings have been postponed without a new date set, one wedding has been moved to December 2020, and another to summer 2021.