Ohio wedding photographers, rejoice! Maybe. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced starting June 1, 2020, the state of Ohio will allow weddings of up to 300 guests. This announcement is part of Governor Mike DeWine's administration's ongoing strategy to ease up on social distancing rules set at the start of the outbreak.
In his announcement, he said:
Catering and banquet centers will be allowed to reopen under the same rules as restaurants and bars. That includes six-foot distancing between tables and no congregating. We recognize that there are a lot of weddings and events that are important to people's lives that can and should go on. We are just asking that it be done safely– as safely as possible– to avoid the spread of the virus.
For reference, some guidelines that restaurants and bars must abide by include:
- Minimum of six-foot distance between groups and tables
- Increased frequency of surface cleaning, handwashing, and sanitizing
- Wearing face coverings
- Closing "open congregate areas" that aren't "necessary for the preparation and service of food or beverages" like games, dancing, and entertainment
That final guideline will definitely make for a really fun wedding reception.
So, wedding photographers in the state of Ohio, what are your thoughts on this new announcement? Will you be reopening your business? Or do you think it's still too soon after the coronavirus's peak to put yourself out there again?
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