Speculation is mounting that restrictions – and possibly even a total ban – on wedding receptions could be on their way to Birmingham and the Black Country.
Local leaders have identified after-wedding parties as a problem area that is driving up cases between families and friends.
Birmingham’s council leader Cllr Ian Ward said cases transmitted through the hospitality sector – in pubs, restaurants and cafes – was minimal.
“Exposures through eating out, hospitality and entertainment account for just 2% of contacts (of positive cases),” he said on Friday.
“If there is an issue it appears to be celebrations, particularly wedding receptions, where people cannot resist the urge to congratulate the bride and groom, and when that happens and hands are shaken we see transmission of the virus.”
We understand that message has been hammered with government officials during discussions about restrictions on