DUMFRIESSHIRE MSP Oliver Mundell is continuing to push the SNP Government to have a ‘change of heart’ over the limit on how many guests can attend wedding receptions
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP challenged SNP Government Business Secretary Michael Russell on the matter in the Scottish Parliament, describing the current restrictions of 20 people as ‘draconian’ and highlighted that gatherings in other places such as pubs and restaurants and public transport of a much larger size are routinely allowed. However, Mr Russell was non-committal on when the current regulations might be lifted for receptions, only saying ‘difficult decisions’ have to be made. That has failed to satisfy Mr Mundell who says that people’s lives are on hold and the wedding industry which is worth millions across his constituency, especially in the world-famous Gretna Green is being hugely damaged by the continued lack of urgency.
Commenting, Oliver Mundell MSP said: “The SNP’s current restrictions on the numbers who can attend wedding receptions are draconian and far too rigid as they stand. “People’s lives are continually being put on hold by the lack of urgency and the refusal by SNP ministers to look again at how we can lift the limits on attendance at wedding restrictions. “The health of guests is absolutely paramount, but it is absolutely galling when you see the number of strangers who are allowed to be in the same pub or restaurant as each other, or make the same journey on our public transport. “The wedding industry is worth tens of millions to my constituency and they are only going to be damaged even further if SNP Ministers won’t listen to their hugely valid concerns. “I will be continuing to lobby for changes to the restrictions as soon as possible, so couples waiting to get married can have much greater flexibility when it comes to planning their celebrations.”