Bring your COVID-19 test results, a face mask and a tape measure to the next wedding reception you attend.
New York’s strict new rules for weddings and catered events, which take effect March 15, will allow up to 150 people to gather — but not too closely and only for guests with a negative coronavirus test result or completion of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Guests can only dance — masks on — with members of their own immediate party/household/family who are seated together and then only in “designated and clearly marked areas or zones that are assigned to them.”
The zones are to be at least 36 square feet and six feet apart from any other dancing areas or zones, the rules say.
And don’t even think about busting a move with someone in another zone.
Guests “cannot enter, use, or otherwise visit other dancing areas or zones,” the state says.
It’s OK for “select attendees” to join the bride and groom when they take their first dance “so long as they maintain six feet of separation from other attendees throughout the dance.”
The band can play, but only if at least 12 feet away from guests or separated by a barrier.
And guests must keep their masks on unless they are eating. They cannot eat or drink “if members of different parties/households/families are within six feet.”