North Carolina is continuing to make steps towards re-opening the state back based on the ongoing impact of COVID-19. What does that mean for brides and grooms as they plan for their special day? There are still restrictions in place under Safer At Home Phase 2, but you will be able to do more with your loved ones. Weddings are allowed in Phase 2, there are no state-imposed limits on wedding ceremonies but social distancing is still recommended.
Although there are not any mass gathering restrictions for wedding ceremonies, receptions before o
r after you wedding are required to follow the mass gathering limit specified on the Executive Order No. 141 which went into effect on May 22, 2020. The number of attendees varies depending on if you decide to have your reception indoors or outdoors.
If you decide to have your reception indoors, there can be no more than 10 people at the celebratory event. The number increases to 25 people for outdoor celebrations. Venues for receptions and parties are still are still ordered to remain closed based on the Executive Order.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) encourages individuals to follow the Three W’s to decrease the spread of the Coronavirus. The Three W’s include: Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact, and Wash your hands often or use hand sanitize.
Phase 2 will remain in effect until June 26, 2020 unless repealed, replaced, or rescinded in the coming weeks.