The Glasgow wedding planner is proposing “double standards” to the Scottish government on event restrictions
WEDDING suppliers protested as we speak towards the trade’s ongoing restrictions.
Pauline Borris, proprietor of LBS Occasion Design and Wedding Planners in Bishopbriggs, organized the occasion outdoors of Holyrood, the place individuals from throughout the sector unveiled banners corresponding to “No Sir We Cannot Boogie” and “Let Us Work”.
Pauline mentioned, “We simply really feel now that there are two totally different requirements. Different issues can go on, however they cannot have weddings.”
“We have now to go and do one thing to be heard as a result of we simply do not get any solutions.”
“Just like the fan zone in Glasgow Inexperienced proper now, you might have 6,000 attendees who did not even should take a check to take part. You’ve got leisure, stay bands, however you possibly can’t get married privately.” Area for greater than twelve individuals.
“In case you can have strangers all sitting collectively in Glasgow Inexperienced, why cannot they sit collectively at a marriage?
“That supported us all. The very last thing we wish is for individuals to die, however we need to return to work.”
Pauline fears that the trade will “not return to regular” “on the earliest” subsequent yr and has introduced that there might be no additional financing for suppliers.
She introduced that she has misplaced at almost 20 weddings per week and has solely labored 22 weddings for the reason that starting of this yr.
The Glasgow Occasions spoke to Pauline final yr when it revealed that wedding ceremony suppliers don’t have entry to Scottish authorities funds.
Pauline labored together with her native MSP Paul Sweeney to combat the continuing restrictions.
Mr. Sweeney mentioned, “I used to be moved by Pauline’s work to enhance the plight of her enterprise and the marriage trade generally.
“It’s completely unacceptable that the federal government ought to proceed to disclaim monetary help to those corporations whereas restrictions are ruining this yr’s wedding ceremony season. To make issues much more tough, massive company pursuits had been capable of host massive occasions for Euro 2021 in Glasgow.
“We additionally noticed that dancing is allowed for coaching functions, however not for weddings. The rules change into nonsensical and undermine the credibility of the federal government’s suggestions within the space of public well being. The double customary is clear and appalling to most individuals reviewing the general state of affairs. ”
A Scottish Authorities spokesman mentioned: “We absolutely perceive how devastating the pandemic has been on Scotland’s wedding ceremony sector, however we’re at a essential level in suppressing the virus and everybody should do their half to cease it from spreading.
“The Scottish Authorities has and can proceed to work with the marriage trade frequently.
“We anticipate extra important adjustments to present public well being restrictions might be potential within the coming weeks if progress continues.
“If the info permits us to chill out additional restrictions quicker than we beforehand indicated, we won’t hesitate to take action.”