Couples will be able to wed remotely via video conferencing platforms like Zoom in the event of a future pandemic under reforms proposed by the Law Commission.
Its review of “outdated” Victorian marriage laws recommended there should be a new power to enable weddings to take place remotely during any future national emergency such as a pandemic.
It cited, as examples, a couple where one might be in a hospital or they had been living apart and were unable to wed in person due to travel restrictions.
“Each person required to be present could log onto an audio-visual call: each couple would give their consent, which the officiant and witness would hear and observe remotely,” the Commission said in a report published today.
It noted the US states of New York and Illinois and United Arab Emirates (UAE) had all allowed remote weddings during the current pandemic.