NY Wedding Reopening Policies

New York Says “I Do”!

(Updated April 9, 2021)

On March 15th, 2021 Governor Cuomo announced that weddings and catered events will be resuming across New York with adherence to the State’s specific safety precautions. As more information is being released to the public, we are creating an up-to-date guide on everything we know about having your wedding this Spring! Make sure to add this article into your bookmarks so you can return to it as we update the information alongside the evolving health precautions in New York!

MANDATORY TESTING & VACCINES

  • Testing Protocol: Proof of a negative PCR within 72 hours of the event OR proof of a negative rapid test within six hours of the event
  • 26 new rapid testing sites opened in NY state
  • Venue employees and staff will be tested on a bi-weekly basis
  • Vaccine Protocol: Anyone who has received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to the event are not included in the testing rules (However, venues may still require their own negative tests)
  • 14 new vaccine sites sites expected to open in NYC during the week of March 15th
  • March 26 — Launch of free Excelsior Pass to confirm recent negative PCR or antigen test results or proof of vaccination in accordance with the State Department of Health guidelines
  • Each Pass has a secure QR code which venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of negative test or vaccine on your smartphones
  • New Yorkers can sign up here
  • Business can sign up here

VENUE & SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Newest Update: Beginning April 2nd event, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity
  • Up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors
  • If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors
  • Guests must sign in with contact information to assist with potential contact tracing
  • Venues must notify local health departments of large events, above the social gathering limit, in advance
  • Masks required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking at their assigned table
  • Guests must remain six feet apart from people who are not in their immediate party, household, or family
  • Tables should be at least six feet apart and guests should only be seated with their immediate household or family whenever possible
  • Cocktail hours are allowed with strict social distancing rules
  • Receptions can extend to 12:00am

DANCING & PERFORMANCES

  • Ceremonial dances at the reception are allowed
  • Guests can only dance with members of their immediate party, household, or family seated at their table in clearly marked zones
  • Dancing zones should be at least six feet apart
  • Guests must wear masks while dancing
  • Live music performers must be separated from guests (especially if playing a wind instrument) by at least 12 feet or a physical barrier

The hospitalization numbers in New York have been on a steady decline as the state begins to rollout more vaccines to the public. The reopening of venues for weddings and events is one step closer to helping New York rebuild its economy after the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on businesses and household incomes. While there are still strict safety measures in place, the hope of having weddings in the near future is being restored and as Governor Cuomo puts it, the “Promise of marital bliss is returning”!

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OUR NEWS UPDATE GUIDE:

Jan 29: View the press conference here (wedding policies 13:41–14:45)

Feb 22: View the press article here

Feb 25: View the updated guidelines here

March 15: View updates on vaccines and testing centers in NYC here

March 26: Information on the launch of Excelsior Pass found here

April 2: View the increased venue capacity guidelines here

LLG Events is an international event planning and design firm specializing in luxury destination weddings and experiential events in NYC and worldwide.