Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has said no one will be allowed to dance at city weddings due to COVID-19 restrictions.
What are the details?
According to New York PostDC’s latest social distancing regulations “prohibit standing and dancing at weddings.” Guests should remain seated and socially distanced at all times – both during the wedding ceremony and the reception festivities.
The latest order caps indoor and outdoor weddings at just 25% of capacity, and any celebration involving more than 250 people requires waivers.
The outlet noted that the announcement was made just as the wedding season began.
Stephanie Sadowski, a Washington-area wedding planner, told the outlet that the move was “foolish.”
“It was an absolute roller coaster,” she said, and noted that couples are quickly choosing to move their weddings out of town. “They want to throw a party. Planning their wedding, they’ve made concessions along the way, they’ve slashed, downsized and downsized their guests in Washington, DC.”
“I hope the mayor starts looking at the science and looking at the facts and looking at what the CDC recommends and authorizes,” Sadowski added.
Sadowski said WTTG-TV that her clients are considering moving their weddings to nearby locations in Maryland or Virginia.
“It’s been a full curve ball. It goes beyond the May weddings that are initially [a]“All of our summer weddings, all of our fall weddings are also very concerned and asking what we need to do. Are we continuing to move forward with these or are we looking to relocate to Virginia or Maryland where the odds are they can celebrate their ideal marriage there. ”
In a statement to the WTTG, Bowser’s office said the ban was put in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
The outlet reported:
A spokeswoman said they put it in place as an extra layer of security to reduce the spread of COVID-19, because when people get up and dance, their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other. They did not respond to our request for an interview or other information on why the District feels the need to put this in place while neighboring states do not.
The station reported that a DC bride who is due to get married in June said there had to be a “better way.”
The bride, Jillian Harig, said: “We are used to wearing masks at this point, we have been doing this since March. Why not allow dancing but make masks a requirement or even require a negative COVID test for wedding guests or provide your vaccination card. ”
“Much of the country is reopening at this point, so to me not dancing or staying at a reception feels like a little more backing down instead of moving forward towards more of that normalcy than we are. let’s all look forward to it, “Harig added. “I think the light is at the end of the tunnel. I’m disappointed and shocked about it.”