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?”
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