A local marriage celebrant has shared how she has adapted to the new government restrictions for weddings in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Under measures announced by the federal government, weddings can only have a maximum attendance of five people with a spacing requirement of one person per four square metres.
Ngahuia Trewartha provides marriage celebrant services through her business Mana Ceremonies and said her first reaction to the new measures was it brought a sense of clarity and direction.
"For over a fortnight I have in contact with my late March, April and May marriage to be couples," she said.
"It has been a challenging time for to choose what to do, now with the decision made by the government this has made the choice a lot clearer for my couples."
Mrs Trewartha said due to the COVID-19 situation most marriage ceremonies have been rescheduled until late 2020 and into early 2021, with a handful of ceremonies to go ahead with five people.
She said with no foreseen marriage ceremonies over the winter months, Mana Ceremonies was going into administration and preparing for summer and the new year.
"I do support the measures that are in place currently for our communities," she said.
"As a sole trader business owner, the sooner we all make healthy choices by staying home, or limited our contact with people the sooner this will pass, and it will pass."
Mrs Trewartha said a few couples had decided to continue with their marriage ceremonies with five people present, expressing that with what was happening in the world they really wanted something positive.
"I thought this is the core of Marriage Ceremony and is why I am so delighted to still be able to officiate for them," she said.