Covid wedding restriction questions remain unanswered as season approaches

Emily Burkhard
Created: February 22, 2021 11:49 PM

It's been nearly a month since the governor announced guidelines that would allow up to 150 wedding guests at receptions statewide. Since that announcement, wedding planners and parties have learned little about what needs to happen to make that a reality.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with a local woman who's trying to get some clarification.

"It's just very frustrating, very, very frustrating,” Val Venezia said.

Venezia said her daughter, Jill, is planning to marry to her fiancé Sean at Jimbo's on Brandt Lake in the beginning of May.

Since the governor's announcement on January 29, she Jill have been in contact with the venue as well as the Warren County Health Department to try to get some guidance. But, they said they don't know much yet either.

"I mean they’re as frustrated as we are because they don't get they find things out when we do,” Venezia said.

So far NYSDOH has given these guidelines:

•           Venues are restricted to 50 capacity, up to 150 people per event.

•           Everyone must test negative before the event and give contact tracing information.

•           Venues must notify local health departments of large events AND GET APPROVAL in advance.

•           Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.

•           Ceremonial and socially-distanced dancing allowed under strict guidelines

Venezia has asked for more specific guidance because they need to make decisions soon.

She's still unclear on how many can be allowed to dance at once, who is expected to pay for the testing, when it's supposed to take place, and if double vaccination exempts someone from the testing requirement.

She said many people can't afford to pay an additional $15,000 to test guests, and she doesn't feel comfortable asking them to pay either.

She said it's frustrating seeing indoor amusement parks and concert venues get plans together to reopen safely, while the wedding industry is left behind.

"The woman who owns the dress shop was saying the wedding industry has been forgotten in all of this,” Venezia said. “It's just it's like it doesn't even exist. It's definitely not a priority."

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