Coronavirus and Your Wedding
Post was created March 15, 2020
As a photographer who mainly accompanies weddings and people, I am, of course, closely following the development of this crisis. What is undoubtedly similar to many of us right now is a great deal of uncertainty. We have to be prepared for the changes in plans that may result in all of us if things go badly, events may be legally complete or prohibited.
I will continue to photograph weddings
As long as the authorities allow it and I stay healthy, I will continue to photograph a wedding as planned. I am looking forward to it and will be happy to come if you expect more than 100 guests significantly. I have already spoken to a few colleagues from the wedding industry, and many other service providers have a similar attitude.
Currently, in the US, large gatherings are banned; the NBA has suspended play across the league. Disneyland has closed its doors, and large companies like google are having employees work from home, and here in my home town of Dahlonega, GA, the schools have been officially closed for a week (maybe longer now).
It's time to get serious
Until recently, I had a completely different attitude to the coronavirus. I felt that it didn’t concern me; I am still young (40 +). This attitude has been the wrong mentally in the upcoming events that are occurring. Regardless of what the government is doing to stop the virus from spreading, it is up to everyone at the moment to be aware of their responsibility to others. Also, it is always advisable to inform yourself and keep up to date on this crisis.
Below are two sites I often use to see the updates on the Corona Virus
If all gatherings are ban because of CornaVirus
If such a ban does come to the US, then really there is nothing we can do, and this, of course, is the worst case for your wedding. At the moment, it doesn’t look like that (luckily), but we also have to be prepared for it. Contact your services provider, and I am sure that they will understand the situation. Most likely, they are also following the current crisis and will be glad to work something out.
Elopement might be the right choice now
Now it might be a good time to think about doing an elopement wedding if you must have your wedding. Keep your wedding extremely small and tight. Sure, you will lose money on other vendors that you may have already paid a retainer for, but at least you can still get married and keep not only yourself but friends/family safe.
Without the extended family/friends, your elopement wedding becomes an intimate private experience just for the couple. Just don’t expect this to be a cheap alternative. With the current situation globally, people who rather stay safe. However, I think this would the way to go right now.
We can not cancel any tips to keep it safe?
If you must have your wedding then, the traditional way of handling a wedding should change a bit to keep everyone safe. Below are some tips I thought that might help make your wedding coronavirus free. All these tips are based on what I see during a wedding that comes to my mind to either avoid or keep distances. Nothing here is official, just my 2 cents on it.
- Bring lots of hand sanitizes and use them a lot
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact, stay 6 feet in distances
- Avoid handshake
- If your stick stay home
Current Status in the US
- Congress has passed a bill to help those who have been affected by coronavirus for free testing, expand sick leave, and provide food aid.
- As of March 15th, 2020 there have been 3000 reported cases in the United States
- Trump suspends travel from Europe for 30 days, UK & Ireland just recently added to the list
- Stores cutting hours, Walmart will no longer be 24hours
- 20 states have closed all schools
- 3,244 cases reported and 50 deaths in the US
- 3,244 cases reported and 50 deaths in the US
- Washington bans event of 250+
- Trump tests negative for coronavirus
- US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus case spikes
- Testing goes mobile in Seattle, & Austin
- No cure, and if a vaccine is made, it will take 1year before it can be available.
That’s all the stuff I found right now, and to be honest, I am scared to keep up with this situation, it just seems to be getting worse every day. People have been stocking up on hand stanizler and for unknown reason toilet papers (what’s up with that?). I, on the other hand, am looking to stockpile on lots of oranges.
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