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Washington D.C. Bans Standing, Dancing at Indoor and Outdoor Weddings

Washington D.C. Bans Standing, Dancing at Indoor and Outdoor Weddings

What a way to greet wedding season, Mayor Bowser!

No, this is not Footloose.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser included a ban on standing and dancing at indoor and outdoor weddings because it totally makes sense. That will stop the coronavirus!

WUSA9 asked Bowser’s spokeswoman Susana Costillo last month about new rules regarding weddings. She said the mayor planned “to assess and adjust them as needed.” However, DC’s “top priority is ensuring the safety of residents and visitors.”

Bowser gracefully provided some relief to engaged couples. (That’s sarcasm, BTW)

Buried in Bowser’s new order is something out of Footloose. I am not kidding. This is absolutely ridiculous. The fascists will not let this go (emphasis mine):

Beginning May 1, multi-purpose facilities and venues may host events such as weddings and special non-recurring events provided that there may be no more than twenty five percent (25%) of capacity in any room or up to two hundred fifty (250) persons, not including facility staff, whichever is fewer. A waiver is needed for attendance greater than two hundred fifty (250) persons. Attendees and guests must remain seated and socially distanced from each other or other household groups. If these events include dining, facilities and venues shall adhere to the rules established for restaurants and licensed food establishments. Standing and dancing receptions are not allowed.

Thanks, Dear Leader.

How do you not have standing and dancing at a wedding?! It does not help that the wedding season kicks off in June. Have you ever planned a wedding? Yous secure these dates at least six months in advance:

“Completely shell-shocked,” Stephanie Sadowski of SRS Events said of her reaction to hearing the news.

The city is loosening some pandemic restrictions, but at her news conference Monday, Sadowski said Mayor Muriel Bowser sneaked in a bombshell. The latest order allows indoor weddings at 25% capacity, or 250 people — which was a bit of relief — but “standing and dancing at receptions are not allowed.”

For some couples, no standing or dancing is a deal-breaker.

“There’s hardly been any time to react, rather than being incredibly frustrated and angry with Washington DC and Mayor Bowser for completely blindsiding us,” Sadowski said.

Sadowski has four weddings planned in June.

“I cannot even believe we’re in 2021 right now and we are saying no dancing,” groaned Sadowski. “Why can’t we just have masks?”

Don’t give the precious mayor any idea, Sadowski!


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I am more and more convinced there should be no “health agencies” anywhere in any government in America. Not for business licenses, not for vaccines, not for schools, not for anything. I’m tempted to say “not even for ’emergencies’.” It’s simply another way to control everyone – it starts out benign, and ends up telling you how to live your life.

    Milhouse in reply to GWB. | May 3, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Madison famously said, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents”. Now states and cities are fundamentally different from the USA, since they have general powers rather than being restricted to a list enumerated in their founding documents (except where those documents say otherwise), but it’s a good principle. There is little reason why a government should be involved in health matters, except for things like chlorinating water and dealing with Typhoid Marys.

Every wedding venue in Maryland and Virginia will benefit.

As for DC venues – it the cost of living in a one-party woke state.

    audax in reply to Ben Kent. | May 3, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Yep! The residents of DC voted for this. They deserve it, and they deserve it good and hard!

      henrybowman in reply to audax. | May 3, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      The residents of DC continue to vote for a councilman who ended his term as mayor-for-life being perp-walked for smoking crack on hidden video, and relying on a sophisticated legal defense consisting of, “the bitch set me up.”

      You think you can embarrass them with Bowser?

    henrybowman in reply to Ben Kent. | May 3, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Well, maybe not Virginia.
    We used to have a saying, “When Massachusetts sneezes, Rhode Island catches cold.”
    I imagine under the new regime, we’ll be seeing a lot more of this from Virginia with respect to DC.

    UserP in reply to Ben Kent. | May 4, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    There is not that much room to dance in DC anyway. It’s so small and crowded and so crime-filled that I do not recommend anyone do much of anything there. Anyone that wants to do anything should go to nearby Maryland or Va.

Wedding/reception venues in Maryland and Virginia are certainly going to be seeing an uptick in interest for those who have weddings planned for later in the year or who have the ability to change the venue on shorter notice.

I can also see people getting rather creative to get around this, especially with outdoor weddings.

This is a part of a larger set of new mask guidelines that has left people and business owners completely confused. For example, last Friday the mayor publicly said that people who are fully vaccinated can be indoors without having to wear a mask, then the next day the guidelines came out saying, nope, masks indoors for everyone. Judging by the reactions from business owners, they’re just going to keep with their blanket wear-a-mask policies so they don’t become the vaccination police.

    tom in reply to p. | May 3, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Why not? They’re already the mask police.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to tom. | May 3, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Where’s Kevin Bacon when you need him?

        He’s telling you to shut up. He is a hollyweirdo.

        Actor Kevin Bacon has called for “old white guys” to “shut up and listen” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

        “It’s incredible to experience this and to go through this historically, not just with the COVID-19, but clearly seeing the protests and what’s going on,” the 61-year-old Footloose star told NBC’s Jimmy Fallon this week before touching on race relations. “For an old guy like me, I was born in 1958, and to witness the passion of the young people across the world for social justice ⁠— it leaves me speechless, which is probably a good idea because I think it’s a good time for old, white guys like me to just shut up and listen.”

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to 4fun. | May 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm

          How dare you criticize the star of that great American theatrical achievement, “Footloose.” Kevin Bacon put his soul into that film, and it shows. And what soul he/she/it has! How I weep, almost daily, that this actor peaked at the tender age of 26, But then I do remember he/she/it is a white person, which troubles me greatly, and that he used his undoubted great thespionic prowess to inflict his/hers/its whiteness upon unsuspecting LGBTQIA+ people of color who happened innocently into a movie theater just wanting to be entertained, and not oppressed.

          So though I once celebrated his abilities and achievements, I now hope he rots in Hell.

You wouldn’t believe the number of narcissistic, virtue-signaling idiots walking around D.C. in the open air, proudly wearing their masks, like delusional lemmings/sheep. Eagerly showing off how allegedly virtuous they are. Sometimes, you’ll see joggers who dispense with the masks. But, for the most part, these Dhimmi-crats — who no doubt consider themselves to be intelligent and rational — have completely succumbed to the apparatchiks’ hysteria and fear tactics regarding Wuhan virus.

    MajorWood in reply to guyjones. | May 3, 2021 at 10:51 am

    My “to-date” favorite is still the guy who put his hands in his pockets to further protect himself from wu-flu as we passed. I am curious if all textbooks on infectious diseases printed prior to 2020 will be banned because how people are reacting is certainly not the information that i was taught.

    GWB in reply to guyjones. | May 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Let’s be clear. It is not just Democrats acting this way. There are plenty of Republicans who desire to live Zero Risk and flaunt their Safetyism, too. They might want to do it more efficiently or spending less on it, but they want it just the same.

    It’s a large part of why we are where we are, right now.

    henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | May 3, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Reminds me of the ’60s, when the Chinese people developed a national epidemic of arm soreness from having to wave their Little Red Books above their heads all day.

CommoChief | May 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

So standing up is going to be banned at wedding receptions? Ok but how does the venue matter? If folks can stand and talk in other locations and for other secular purposes then attempting to ban that for religious events isn’t constitutional. Not even close. Even SCOTUS has recently found that earlier this year.

Dancing ban? Same.

This is overreach. It isn’t constitutional. It is bad policy. These events will be either moved to different jurisdiction or held without oversight in secret.

Heck I would simply have everything composing a reception but rename it; only ‘wedding receptions’ seem to be named. It isn’t my fault that some hack politician and their staff fails to write enforceable dictates.

    Essentially the mayor is mostly going to be relying on the venues’ staff for indoor weddings and tattletalers for outdoor weddings to enforce this.

    Are there going to be wedding parties who will toe the line because they believe it’s the right thing to do and they also don’t want to get into some sort of trouble? Absolutely. I saw this when there was the quarantine list games going on last spring/summer, and people would willingly sit at home for 14 days after returning to DC from a state on the list. Never mind that the state may have not been on the list yesterday.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to CommoChief. | May 3, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Just re-brand your wedding reception as a “BLM Protest” and you shouldn’t have a problem with the authorities as they allow those to happen unfettered from any wuhan china virus restrictions.

    henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | May 3, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Screw the reception, hold a private orgy. That allows everybody to lay down, still permitted.
    Y’all have four hours to flatten as many curves as consent to it.
    Enjoy, and remember, we’re all in this together, sweet-cheeks!

SeiteiSouther | May 3, 2021 at 10:14 am

And they want to be a state…

Clown cars and shoes for the lot of them.

Do they actually marry their Baby Mama’s?

At least Marian Barry kept us amused.

I can see at least a partial “rationale” for no dancing. Not that I agree with it, but at least I can see it (close proximity, breathing in each other’s faces, etc.). But how in the world do you not “stand” at a function like this?

And you just know they’ll be calling for people to snitch on each other, just like the Gestapo did in 30s and 40s Germany.

    GWB in reply to Idonttweet. | May 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    If you’re breathing in the face of your dance partner, you might be slow-dancing wrong. 😉
    (Their ear is another story.)

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Idonttweet. | May 3, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    “I am not standing! I’m sitting vertically!”

    healthguyfsu in reply to Idonttweet. | May 3, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    The rationale is flimsy at best. Do the Washington Wizards still play basketball without masks? What about at fitness centers? Most places dont’ require a mask while exercising.

    henrybowman in reply to Idonttweet. | May 3, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Whose face am I likely to be breathing into while dancing? The same person whose face I breathe into for eight hours every night. Big whoop.

Imbeciles…they’re everywhere.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | May 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

So that’s how the DC police will be spending their time? Infiltrating wedding receptions to bust people for dancing? “You ‘ave been charged with the onerous crime of dancing on the hardware floor! How do you plead?”

scooterjay | May 3, 2021 at 3:59 pm

My generation was warned about dancing….there was no parking on the dance floor. What happened?

We’re not just bringing back the Inquisition, we’re bringing back the New Puritans.

A black woman outlawing dancing? But then again, her last name is “Bowser.”

“Ecclesiastes assures us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh… And a time to weep. A time to mourn… And there is a time to dance.“

Ren, “Footloose“

Bucky Barkingham | May 4, 2021 at 7:08 am

“DC’s “top priority is ensuring the safety of residents and visitors”

A ridiculous statement considering the crime rate in the future state of D.C.

Pray for Ashli Babbitt!

Eddie Coyle | May 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

Given the out of wedlock birth rate in DC, I’m not sure their are many weddings that will be impacted.

Eddie Coyle | May 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

Time for citizens and business owners to just stop complying with these silly laws.

Wear a mask, get the vax, sure. This idiocy? No.

This is a joke, right? Maybe one that nobody laughs at, but a joke nevertheless.

The people who voted this administration into office are the ones who staff the agencies in DC. These are the policy-writers, the agenda-setters, the HR departments, the legal beagles, the consultants, the ones who set the priorities, the ones who write and enforce the regulations.

The people who voted this municipal idiocy into office are the bureaucrats who run the nation.

Time to just start ignoring these idiots.