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It is allowed to organise weddings if the control measures in force are adhered to.

COVID certificate

If the wedding takes place in a restaurant, at a theatre or some other similar public place, it is compulsory for all participants starting from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate proving that they have either completed the course of vaccinations or recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months. Minors (up to and including 17 years of age) can also participate with a negative test result. Both a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier and an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test for which a certificate has been issued, done at a general pharmacy. For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

If a person cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, they can participate with a certificate confirming the fact, issued by a doctor. Those under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate.

A negative test result is not sufficient as a certificate. The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

If a private person is celebrating a private occasion at their own residence and is ordering food or other entertainment there, this does not constitute a public event and in that case the restrictions do not apply; applying all safety precautions is still highly recommended as the people gathering in these events do not usually come into daily contact with each other and may thus spread the infection.

The responsibility for the legality of the service of wedding planning lies with the provider of the service and the persons who ordered the service.

Protective mask

A protective mask is obligatory at events taking place in public indoor spaces, except in activities where wearing it is not possible (e.g. while eating and drinking, or when coming in contact with water).

Limits to the numbers of participants

Up to 1000 people may participate in events and activities indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

An event taking place in a public indoor space must end no later than at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

Events and activities have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the public indoor spaces of the establishment (including a restaurant, a theatre hall) are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:38

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It is not prohibited to organise funerals but it is important to keep in mind that each element of the event is in compliance with the restrictions in force.

If catering service is provided due to a funeral service that is not public, it is not necessary to check COVID certificates in order to eat on the premises, but enacting all precautionary measures is very strongly recommended.

If COVID certificates are not checked, the guests have to wear a mask indoors. Indoors it is also necessary to ensure dispersion, the availability of disinfectants, and the following of disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board.

Last updated: 14.11.2021 20:47

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If the death has occurred due to the coronavirus, then the family members and the bereaved cannot touch the body. Both casket burial and cremation are allowed.

From infection control point of view, cremation is preferable, but it is not compulsory and depends on the wishes of the family.

Open casket burial is allowed provided the bereaved will not come into contact with the body. It is the responsibility of the funeral organiser to ensure the safety of the funeral.

It is necessary to avoid gathering indoors and, if possible, to hold a funeral ceremony directly in the graveyard.

The Health Board has issued a guideline for handling the bodies of the persons infected with COVID-19 or suspected of COVID-19 infection, for both hospitals and funeral homes. (guidelines for funeral homes).

The special measures concern the storage, cremation and preparation of a body for burial. Procedures requiring direct contact with the body should be minimised, if possible, and precautions should be taken, using special personal protective equipment.

Last updated: 28.01.2021 09:42

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Protective mask

All participants over the age of 12 have to wear a mask. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the coronavirus from spreading.

Dispersion

In public indoor spaces it is important ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and the following of disinfection rules in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limitations to the number of participants

It is allowed to carry out public worship services and religious services in a way that if the COVID certificates of every person are not checked, then up to 50 people may participate in them indoors (100 outdoors) or a 50% maximum occupancy requirement has to be observed.

COVID certificate

Participants of a worship service do not have to present any COVID certificates. The exception does not extend to church concerts which are subject to the general requirements in force for organising public events.

The door must close for visitors no later than at 23.00 (the restriction temporarily does not apply from December 31, 2021 until the morning of January 2, 2021)

Events and activities (e.g. concerts taking place in a church) have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the institution's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

Last updated: 20.12.2021 16:28

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A COVID-19 positive must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. Hopefully it is possible to keep the body of the close one in the cold chamber of the hospital or funeral home until the isolation period of the COVID-19 patient ends. Still, if problems occur, we recommend turning to the local municipality for help.

Last updated: 30.09.2021 14:28

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).