Desperate couples began booking wedding venues almost immediately after Boris Johnson announced plans to lift all Covid restrictions by midsummer.

As soon as the prime minister finished Monday’s big roadmap reveal – which included the intention of abolishing all measures by June 21 – the wedding dates were set.

And now the venues are fully booked through 2023, while a wedding planner claims packages rose 15 percent when calls came in.

Under the current lockdown, which will be gradually lifted from March 8, wedding ceremonies can only be conducted in exceptional circumstances and receptions are completely prohibited.

Mr Johnson has emphasized that roadmap data is strictly preliminary and completely dependent on data.

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Soho-based wedding planner Rebecca Brennan Brown said the second the briefing concluded that “my phone started ringing non-stop”.

She told the BBC: “Many London venues are fully booked by 2023, and those that haven’t increased their wedding packages are up about 15 percent.

“I think I’m still processing what was said because I didn’t expect there won’t be any restrictions in June – that feels very quickly to me personally.

“My diary is now full of consultations for the rest of this week.”

Rebecca admitted that the last year had been “constant ups and downs” and she was struggling, especially with London prices.

She also pointed out that even if a couple can manage to book their wedding and they do, international travel restrictions can mean that many loved ones cannot come.

From April 12th, weddings with 15 participants and from May 17th with 30 participants can be held according to the current roadmap.

Mr Johnson said, “We will reopen everything up to and including nightclubs and allow major events such as theater performances beyond step three – possibly through testing to reduce the risk of infection.”

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