In recent days, we have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases and the implementation of new restrictions on gatherings in some countries.
Vaccine passports, also called health passport, which would be held by vaccinated people, already allows access to certain places in some countries, such as restaurants, shops, meeting places and events.
Several future newlyweds contact us every day to find out if their civil marriage will be maintained and if the planned guests can be admitted to our wedding ceremony rooms and terrace.
Variants of Covid-19 active in Quebec
In Quebec, the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ) tells us that 4 variants have been identified as variants of concern:
• B.1.1.7 (alpha) having emerged in the UK;
• B.1.351 (beta) having emerged in South Africa;
• P.1 (gamma) having emerged in Brazil;
• B.1.617.2 (delta) having emerged in India.
Increase in cases since August 2, 2021
Since Monday, August 2, 2021, the number of cases has doubled compared to the number of Covid-19 cases the previous week.
Several experts, including Dr Gaston De Serres and epidemiologist Nimâ Machouf, say the number of new cases of Covid-19 is expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks and the fourth wave is anticipated by the experts for the back-to-school period.
A vaccine passport for gatherings
A vaccine passport will be required from September 1, 2021, to access certain places (bars, restaurants, shops) or to participate in certain gatherings. It could be that life events such as weddings or funerals, which can take place in closed places, are concerned. Currently, around 15% of the vaccine target population is not vaccinated against Covid-19 and could potentially not participate in a gathering such as a wedding if a vaccine passport was required by authorities.
A vaccine passport is required or will soon be required in Denmark, Israel, the European Union, and in certain states and cities in the United States.
Getting married during the Covid-19 pandemic and its variants in Montreal
Me Mona Salehi’s team applies the instructions of Public Health for civil marriages, as well as for the other legal services which are rendered within her Office. Our two ceremony rooms and our terrace are disinfected between each civil marriage or meeting with clients. We also keep a visitor log so that we can quickly inform anyone who has been in contact with a positive case.
Our newlyweds appreciate the resources and efforts that we deploy every day to allow them to experience beautiful civil wedding ceremonies, as evidenced by the many testimonials on our Google page.
Source: INSPQ, Journal de Montréal.
Me Mona Salehi – Notary and civil marriage celebrant in Montreal