Admit it – you couldn’t wait to do the YMCA at a New Jersey wedding.
You’ll be lucky starting Friday, when the dance floors can reopen for private events – one of many coronavirus restrictions to kick in as COVID metrics continue to improve.
Between this move and a next leap in capacity for outdoor and indoor events, people in the entertainment industry feel like they’ll finally be able to stand in front of the crowds again and do what they want. they do better.
“No dancing, I’m basically a human iPod, I just play background music,” said James Nunziante, resident of The Brick, owner of Spotlight Entertainment.
Since last week, when Gov. Phil Murphy first announced the planned repeal of the dance floor ban and increased capacity limits, the Nunziante company has seen an increase in the number of calls phone calls and messages from potential clients interested in booking events for later this year. or 2022. In recent months, Nunziante said, there has been virtually no business.
Murphy initially indicated that the dance floors could reopen on May 10. postponed the date to May 7. Indoor events such as weddings can go to 50% capacity, 250 people maximum, on May 7, then a stand-alone cap of 250 people on May 19. Dance floors are still prohibited in bars and nightclubs.
With the latest news of Murphy’s reopening, Hirschhorn said, couples and other guests are more likely to “hold onto their events,” rather than push them back once again.
“When you hire an entertainment company or an event company, you are paying for the talent, you are paying for the time that your entertainment or your DJ gives you everything, as well as someone running the event for you,” said Hirschhorn.
Hirschhorn doesn’t expect business to return to near-normal conditions until a solid percentage of the population is fully immunized.
“We are still facing cancellations because not everyone is vaccinated, especially children,” Hirschhorn said. “My bar and bat mitzvahs are still canceling left and right.”
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