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Organising weddings is not prohibited but it should be made sure that each element of the wedding celebration is in accordance with the restrictions in force.

If the wedding takes place at a catering establishment or another similar venue that is subject to restrictions, all participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or negative results of a prior test. The check is performed by, for instance, the restaurant or another person who is responsible for the economic activities and everyday organisation, and managing the operation of the venue where the party is taking place.

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.

It is important that an important event would not be shadowed by negative memories.

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.

Last updated: 26.08.2021 17:32

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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 there is a wake at a catering establishment after the funeral, 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 or cover their noses and mouths indoors. Indoors it is also necessary to ensure dispersion and the following of disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board.

It is important that an important event would not be shadowed by negative memories.

Last updated: 28.08.2021 21:20

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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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It is allowed to carry out public worship services and religious services in a way that up to 50 people may participate in them in places of worship (100 outdoors) or a 50% maximum occupancy requirement has to be observed. There is no obligation to carry out an infection risk check but indoors it is obligatory to wear a mask or cover one's nose and mouth regardless of the number of participants, dispersion of people should be considered when moving around and positioning oneself in the space, the place of worship has to fulfil the disinfection requirements and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The exception does not extend to church concerts which fall under the requirements set to organising events. This means that all participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate to prove vaccination, recovery or a negative result of a prior test.

Last updated: 27.08.2021 12:10

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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: 20.01.2021 15:49

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