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Couples and venues looking for answers on wedding guidelines

Posted at 11:28 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:28:37-05

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The summer of 2020 hit the wedding industry hard. Many couples rescheduled their big day to 2021.

“Brides I've talked to, do not want to postpone their life any longer. They want to get married, buy a house, have kids,” said Jeremy Urbanski. He is the manager of his family’s business, Marygold Manor in Cheektowaga.

Marygold Manor has plenty of weddings lined up for the spring and summer. Urbanski also has plenty of questions about how these weddings will happen in accordance with state COVID-19 guidance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month that after March 15th weddings of up to 150 guests will be allowed, as long as all guests are tested. Last week Cuomo stated more information on how this process will be released soon.

“There are venues that we want to start to reopen with testing and capacity limitations and I'm going to be speaking more about that in the coming days,” said Cuomo at last Tuesday’s COVID-19 update.

With wedding season fast approaching, wedding venues want answers.

“Where is the testing going to be? Is it going to be in the parking lot? Are they going to have to show proof right as they walk in,” asked Urbanski. “I wish I had these answers.”

According to the state, local health departments will be the in charge of testing for events like weddings Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said on Tuesday, the county simply doesn't have the information from the state on how this process would work.

“We are in a once in our lifetime, hopefully, global pandemic in which there's a lot of things that are being learned on the fly and as they learn more information, they share it with us, but it doesn't always come daily,” said Poloncarz.