Weddings require COVID-19 safety precautions

A safe outdoor wedding with guests social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is recommended during this time.

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A safe outdoor wedding with guests social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is recommended during this time.

Miah Seloover

The enforcement of quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic has made social events nearly impossible. Many plans, parties, and get togethers have been canceled this year but can love wait? Are weddings even possible in 2020? 

Although COVID-19 will call for some extra procedures and planning, weddings are still able to happen safely. Depending on what the bride and groom are willing to change there are many options for future weddings. 

“The more people and individuals interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19,” said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A large guest list makes these celebrations more dangerous. Sticking to immediate family and fewer friends can drastically improve the safety for everyone, keep in mind the safety laws and regulations in the location of the wedding. 

It should be suggested that everyone who will come in contact with the guests or wedding staff quarantines two weeks before and after the wedding and check their temperature regularly to ensure there is no one with the virus attending. 

“Being outside is much safer than gathering indoors because there’s more space and airflow,” according to The Knot, an online destination for all your wedding planning. 

Covid-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets that are transmitted throughout the air being outdoors is much safer for the time being. When outdoors these infected droplets can float into the open air and decrease the possibility of infection. 

Along with these safety measurements, including masks, hand sanitizer, and hand washing, will also decrease the risk of contracting the virus.

Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub their hands until dry…masks are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult,” said the CDC. 

Weddings are traditionally long and family events, so social distancing can be nearly impossible. Attendees washing their hands and using hand sanitizer throughout the event will reduce their ingestion of germs. Wearing masks as much as possible will also prevent transmission of the Coronavirus. 

If the bride and groom are willing to postpone their wedding or revert to an independent elopement these are also ways couples have changed their plans because of the pandemic. 

“You do not have control over lockdown or the coronavirus itself, but you do have the ability to control your reaction to the situation and adjust your mind-set,” said Dr. Ben-Ari from Hitched, an online wedding planner organization. 

It is emphasized that couples whose weddings have been affected by the virus must focus on their dream wedding happening safely and having the opportunity to gather with their loved ones to celebrate this special ceremony.