Covid-19 Wedding Venue Viewing Guidelines
With the latest government announcements and plans in place and estate agents able to now perform house viewings, some venues are now going ahead with show-rounds. Here’s some guidance on how you should prepare for a venue viewing during social distancing.
Are venue viewings permitted?
With estate agents now permitted to carry out house viewings, many venues, particularly those that are privately owned, are seeing this as the “green light” to restart show-rounds.
If you would like to view a venue please consider the following:
Start online: look at picture galleries, reviews, and take a virtual tour if possible, so that you only view venues you really like. Lots of venues are beginning to do Live venue tours on Facebook, so check their social media to see if this is available too.
Only arrange an in-person viewing right now if you are can’t move forward with your wedding plans without doing so; remember it is safer to stay at home.
Avoiding travelling to the venue by public transport where possible, try to maintain two-metre social distancing and stay alert to risks. More details on how to stay safe during a viewing and what to take with you are provided below.
Bear in mind that many venues are using this time for renovations, the team that usually carry out show-rounds may have been furloughed and the venue will be lacking its usual atmosphere. You’ll get more from the viewing if you can wait until July when hospitality venues start to open.
Arranging a viewing
Email (rather than call) your venue to see if they are offering appointments as many will be waiting until after 4th July. You can find email links to most UK venues online here.
Look online, watch video venue tours and speak to your venue to ensure that the venue is suitable for your needs. In-person viewings should be the last stage in the selection process, rather than at the start of short-listing.
Minimise the number of people attending the viewing and only attend with members of your own household. Check in advance if the venue is happy for other family members to join the tour via their mobile phone, for example using Facetime, Whatsapp or Zoom.
Attending a viewing
In line with government guidance, anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms should be staying at home, to help prevent further spread of the disease. You should not attend a viewing if you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has not yet completed the required period of household self-isolation. You should not attend a viewing if you are in a high-risk or shielded category.
Travelling to and from your viewing
Wherever possible, use your own transport or walk. If you need to use public transport, arrange a viewing time outside of peak travel hours. Arrive on time; not earlier and not later. This allows the person showing you round to meet you on arrival with PPE if needed.
What to take to the viewing
Take a list of questions so you get the most out of the viewing and to ensure you cover everything in one viewing. Take photos or videos so that you don’t need to come back again to check details and colour schemes while the UK is under strict social distancing measures. You will also want to bring your own tape measure if there are dimensions you want to check.
Take hand sanitiser with you, but the venue should also provide you with access to wash your hands both before and after the viewing. You may also wish to wear disposable gloves, but make sure they are disposed of safely.
Wearing a face mask is not essential but is recommended and shows consideration to the venue staff. Take something to make notes with if you can’t work your phone while wearing gloves. Take a bottle of water if it is hot. You won’t be offered a drink on the viewing.
Be careful to follow social distancing measures carefully, keeping at least 2 metres from the person showing you around. Don’t touch anything, and if you do, wash your hands afterwards or dispose of your gloves.
Use your imagination! While it is closed, your venue won’t have its usual atmosphere and may be lacking its usual sparkle. This is just a temporary state; it will come to life with the sounds, laughter and happiness of your guests on your wedding day.
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