What Phase 3 Means for Your NC Wedding
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been unlike any year before and for all of the engaged couples who planned to get married this year, congratulations on pulling through and either going with alternate plans or postponing to a later date! The unprecedented challenges that you and the wedding industry as a whole have faced are finally beginning to subside so that we can begin to adjust to our new version of normal in a post-quarantine world.
North Carolina has been moving in phases to ensure the health and safety of it's residents and visitors and part of that is restricting the amount of guests at wedding receptions and mass gatherings.
Governor Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that North Carolina will transition into Phase 3 at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2nd.
So, the question is, how will this affect weddings?
With Phase 3, the main takeaway is that North Carolina wedding and reception venues are amongst the small entertainment venues that can now host non-mass gatherings at a larger capacity.
Under Executive Order No. 169, reception venues are now permitted to operate at 30% capacity or up to 100 guests, whichever is less.
It is important to note that in order to apply the increased guest size to your event, guests must remain in their designated areas without intermingling. This can be done by informing guests of their area beforehand, passing out colored wristbands that correspond with their designated space, seated cocktail hour and dinner service, or by hiring a planner or coordinator to navigate the specifics for you to ensure that your event is following the legal guidelines and is safe for everyone involved. Venue and event staff do not fall under the "guest-size" umbrella.
Events that do not take place at a venue must still adhere to the mass gathering guidelines already set in place, which is a maximum of 25 indoors and 50 outdoors.
When hosting or attending an event, it is still important to follow the 3W's and to Wear a face mask or covering, Wait at least six feet apart and to Wash or sanitize hands frequently!
The next update on North Carolina's COVID-19 response is expected on October 23rd.
Be Smart. Be Safe. Have Fun!
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