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Wedding ceremony venues hoping for solutions as extra wedding ceremony dates hit the pandemic

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Wedding venues hoping for answers as more wedding dates hit the pandemic

As some companies start reopening their doors, the wedding industry is an industry that hasn’t seen any relief.

Couples can have a wedding now, but the big question is whether they will be received with more than ten people.

Usually, the event rooms at Roca Berry Farm are full of brides throughout the wedding season.

“We booked every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March to mid-November, so it’s a lot,” said Jordan Schaefer of Roca Berry Farm.

Instead of spending time at weddings, Jordan took calls from unhappy couples.

“I get 10 to 15 couples every day calling me in panic mode and asking what they can do, what guidelines there will be and nothing more frustrating than being able to say I don’t know,” Shaefer said.

Jordan hopes Lancaster County and the Department of Health and Human Services will at least be able to give them some answers.

Jeff Rothgeb, who owns The Gala, says he’s faced with the same frustration.

“You can feel the pain in the bride,” said Rothgeb. “Most of our brides, who we’ve worked with for nearly a year or more, have held a series of meetings. You can feel the relationships we build.”

Both say they understand how serious the pandemic is, there is a lot at stake here too.

“We are one of the industries that has been completely closed,” said Schäfer. “We haven’t had an income for months, we’re not working 50 percent. We can’t have takeaway weddings, so it’s important that we’re at least on the radar.”

Governor Ricketts said they would have to wait to post wedding reception guidelines until they see the first waves of restrictions easing.

A statement from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Health said that through June 30, a DHM is in place that limits gatherings to 10 people or fewer, which would apply to indoor receptions. They said it is possible that the number of people allowed to attend a gathering could increase beforehand, but nothing is certain and facilities should be assuming 10 or less by then.

The statement also said that venues that serve food and hope to operate under the restaurant guidelines of 50 percent capacity limit six people per table and have tables six feet apart, a state restaurant permit with the Would need designation 01.

If someone has questions about these guidelines, the health department directs them to call the city law firm at 402-441-7281.