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Weddings, Receptions (and Dancing!) Resume in New York on Monday

Published Monday, Mar. 15th, 2021

New York's new state guidelines for weddings and catered events go into effect on Monday, March 15, meaning couples can celebrate with larger guest lists and in-person dancing for the first time in a year. 


Under the loosened restrictions, venues will operate at 50% capacity, with an upper limit of 150 people for each event. 


To make this possible, certain rules must be followed: Venues must notify local health departments of large gatherings, guests must provide proof of a negative Covid test and sign in to make contract tracing possible, and guests and staff must continue to wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking, or when seated with their group. Dancing is allowed, with masking and social distancing between groups not belonging to the same household (i.e., 'dance zones’). 


After a year of postponements, cancellations, and downsized weddings, Monday’s update is a welcome relief to many couples, venues, and vendors. 



Read more about it in Jennifer Millman’s report for NBC 4, New York


You can find the full list of new DOH guidelines here






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Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves digging into the history and magic of ritual, exploring the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She’s an advocate for marriage equality and individuality. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys easy hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

Lewis King

Staff Writer

Lewis loves exploring the space between power, discourse, and material reality where institutions like marriage are defined. He also wears other hats at AMM, like taking out the recycling and restocking the sparkling water.

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