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Next summer will be a 'different world' for weddings, insists Boris Johnson
3 December 2020, 20:59 | Updated: 4 December 2020, 14:26
Next summer will be a "different world" for weddings, Boris Johnson said as he tried to strike an optimistic note amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister said the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations would be a huge boost to the weddings and events industry in 2021.
Mr Johnson was asked during a People's PMQs about the impact of coronavirus restrictions on weddings by a woman who worked in the sector.
He said: "If you are thinking about the summer, I think you will be alright.
"It's my strong hope and belief that by the summer, one way or the other, whether by vaccination - which I hope and believe we will have delivered by Easter as I say - or by lateral flow testing, we'll be in a different world.
"So my hope is that, by summer, it really will be a different world for the weddings and events industry."
During the online event, the Prime Minister was pressed about his own wedding plans with fiancee Carrie Symonds.
He said: "I didn't want to drag that in but, anyway, I'll take that one offline as they say.
"I think mass testing will help before Easter - hopefully well before Easter - but I think you should be able to plan for a really much more active summer and lots of happy nuptial events all over the UK."
Mr Johnson was upbeat about the general economic outlook.
He said: "I am absolutely sure that next year we are going to bounce back, collectively, very strongly.
"And businesses are going to bounce back strongly.
"I can tell you that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is looking at the fiscal, the regulatory environment, that we need to have to make sure that this is the best place in the world to start a business.
"We will be looking at the tax environment, the regulatory environment, and everything to encourage and support business across the country.
"In the end, what's going to make business boom in this country is going to be confidence.
"An ounce of confidence is worth a ton of Rishi's money. That's the key thing."