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State outlines specific rules for wedding venues to follow beginning in mid-March

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided new insight this week into what weddings will look like after a new set of rules take hold on March 15.

Among those is strict social distancing measures, reduction in total capacity, and masking requirements.

There will also be a testing requirement for all of those in attendance at any such event, which is said to be necessary within 72 hours of it.

Here’s the full list of guidelines from the Governor’s announcement:

  • Venues are restricted to 50 capacity, with no more than 150 people per event.
  • All patrons must be tested prior to the event.
  • Sign-in with contact information required to assist with potential contact tracing.
  • Venues must notify local health departments of large events, above the social gathering limit, 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.

“From day one, we have said that our COVID recovery is not a choice between public health and the economy – it has to be both – and in New York we’re demonstrating how to do that safely and smartly,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all New Yorkers, our infection rate is now the lowest we’ve seen in three months, and accordingly we will now be reopening various recreational activities across the state including billiard halls, weddings and movie theaters in New York City. As our infection rate continues to fall, and the vaccination rate continues to climb, we will keep reopening different sectors of our state’s economy and focus our efforts on building our state back better than it was before.”