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  • Rules published on Wednesday morning officially bring the same gathering limits to weddings as for concerts and other events under Level 1.
  • That means an absolute maximum of 250 people for an indoor wedding, or 500 if everything is kept out of doors.
  • The 250 people limit is dependent on having a venue big enough to fit double that, though.
  • The same rules now hold for exhibitions, and "any other function". 
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As of Wednesday morning, weddings – and other functions, such as birthday parties – have gathering limits similar to those of concerts under Alert Level 1.

That means an outdoor wedding can feature a maximum of 500 people, as long as standard social distancing is adhered to.

For an indoor event, the maximum is 250 people, as long as the venue is only half full.

That rule applies to "a wedding, exhibition or any other function", said tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in an amendment to directions that fall under her purview.

That means birthday parties, anniversaries, and – should Level 1 coronavirus restrictions still be in place by the time that season comes along – corporate Christmas parties, are all governed by those rules.

It is up to owners and operators to declare what the maximum occupancy of their venues are, with signed statements to that effect. But if a party goes over 50% of the maximum occupancy, the party organisers and attendees would be on the wrong side of the law, and could all face trouble.

Funerals are now the only form of mass social gathering not limited to 250 people indoors or 500 outdoors. The Level 1 limit, of 100 people per funeral, is necessary because of the higher risk of viral spread at funerals, the government holds.

The new rules are immediately in effect.

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