Couples and venues looking for wedding policy answers

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) – Summer 2020 hit the wedding industry hard. Many couples have postponed their big day to 2021.

“Brides I spoke to no longer want to postpone their lives. They want to get married, buy a house, have children, ”said Jeremy Urbanski. He is the manager of the family business Marygold Manor in Cheektowaga.

Marygold Manor has many weddings planned for the spring and summer. Urbanski also has many questions about how these weddings will be held under COVID-19 state guidelines.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month that weddings of up to 150 guests will be allowed after March 15, as long as all guests are tested. Last week, Cuomo shared more information on how this process will be released soon.

“There are venues that we want to reopen with testing and capacity constraints and I will be talking more about them in the coming days,” Cuomo said on the COVID-19 update last Tuesday.

With the wedding season approaching, wedding venues want answers.

“Where will the tests be? Will it be in the parking lot? Do they have to provide evidence upon entering? “Urbanski asked. “I wish I had these answers.”

According to the state, local health departments will be responsible for auditing events such as weddings. Erie County’s executive Mark Poloncarz said Tuesday the county simply had no state information on how this process would work.

“We are in a unique, hopefully global pandemic in which many things are learned on the fly. As you learn more information, share it with us, but it doesn’t always come up every day. Said Poloncarz.