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Understanding Current COVID 19 Event Guidelines

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We know that all these event / gathering guidelines are super confusing and difficult to navigate. We still don't have all the answers and there are definitely some ?s that have yet to be addressed but we have done our best to break down the main key points from March 3rd's update...

EASY BREAKDOWN

New Guidelines ALERT as of 4/2 🚨...

You can have an indoor wedding with up to 100 guests following the NYS Guidelines and WITHOUT testing.

You can have an outdoor wedding with up to 200 guests following the NYS Guidelines and WITHOUT testing.

You can have an indoor wedding with between 100 - 150 guests following the NYS Guidelines and WITH testing / vaccination.

You can have an outdoor wedding with between 200 - 500 guests following the NYS Guidelines and WITH testing / vaccination.

Dependent upon venue capacity:
Lesser of 75% for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, or 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors

ALL WEDDINGS MUST FOLLOW THE BELOW GUIDELINES:

Social Distancing - guests must maintain 6' social distancing throughout the event.

Face coverings should be worn at all times, except while seated to eat or drink.

No more than 10 guests per table and should be seated with members of their same immediate household.

Guests should be seated while eating and drinking

Live music, DJ and Entertainment is allowed but must stay 12' from guests or have an appropriate barrier.

Ceremonial Dances are allowed with members of immediate family but will need to be separated by at least 6' from other guests.

Dancing is allowed with immediate members of the same family, who are seated at their table and in their designated zone while wearing face covering.

Venues must be cleared out by Midnight

INDOOR WEDDINGS WITH BETWEEN 100 - 150 GUESTS MUST FOLLOW THE ADDITIONAL BELOW GUIDELINES:

Venue will have to submit details to the health department 5 days prior to the event.

Collection of ( full name, DOB, address, email address and phone # ) from every guest and vendor for contact tracing.

Negative COVID test results required from every attendee and event staff

Testing:
The venue will be requiring that EVERY person (attendee/event staff, etc) show proof of a negative diagnostic test result for COVID-19 - approved by the FDA.

The following tests need to be taken within 72 hours of the event start time.

PCR - polymerase chain reaction
NAATs - nucleic acid amplification test

Responsible Parties may also accept negative test results for COVID-19 from a FDA authorized
antigen test (Rapid) performed on a specimen collected within 6 hours of the event start time. Provided, however, such antigen testing must meet all requirements and standards set forth by DOH, including timely and complete reporting of results to the Department’s Electronic Clinical
Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS).

The only way to bypass testing is to show proof of receiving the complete vaccine at least 14 days prior to event.

Employees and event staff must also be tested for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test bi weekly
unless vaccinated.


For full details please visit...
https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Indoor_and_Outdoor_Food_Services_Detailed_Guidelines.pdf

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April 15th, 2021 by Rebecca Werth
"Hi. I'm a nervous Bride-to-Be and this is so confusing. Thank You for keeping this updated. I spoke with Rapha Family Medicine that is listed here on your site about their Rapid Antigen Testing and they were very patient, understanding, and flexible for what we are all going through. They have multiple drive-thru locations to make it easy for my family and friends to get tested within the 6 hour window that NYS requires. I can take that off the list of a ton of things still to do. Thanks BW!! "
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