NY weddings can resume with up to 150 guests in March; guests to be tested for COVID
New York state is saying "I do" to wedding receptions again, but with COVID-19 restrictions.
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that beginning in mid-March, brides and grooms will once again be able to get married surrounded by family and friends. Cuomo is allowing catering facilities to host weddings at 50% capacity up to 150 people, starting March 15.
According to the governor's office, the state soon may be releasing new detailed guidance for other events like birthday parties, Sweet 16 parties and anniversary parties.
Renee Plummer-Brown, the owner of Double Door Event Space in Mount Vernon, is ecstatic to hear the news. The venue opened shortly before the pandemic and had lots of cancellations over the past year. Plummer-Brown says clients who had pushed back events reached out to her as soon as they heard the announcement.
Cuomo says wedding guests will be required to be tested beforehand and the celebration must be approved by the local health department.
The governor's office says more details will be released closer to March 15.