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Wedding venues are hoping that a petition due to come before Parliament on Monday (9 November) will win support from MPs so that the number of guests at celebrations can be increased according to venue size and facilities.
This would allow ‘safe distancing’ to continue but in the meantime the 15-minute COVID-19 test is creating potential opportunities. Among those at the forefront of promoting this to screen guests as they arrive, and so save the wedding industry, is Thornton Manor Estate in the Wirral at Cheshire.
Thornton Manor has already invested in fast testing kits similar to the ones trialled in Liverpool. The aim is to test guests in their vehicles before entering the site of the wedding party. The same test procedure would apply to staff.
The hotel is a Grade-II listed building built in Elizabethan style in the 19th century for industrialist and philanthropist William Lever. It stands in some 120 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland beside a lake.