UPDATED: March 17, 2020
CDC is recommending postponing events of 50 or more attendees for the next 8 weeks. Read More
The White House has issued national guidelines that call on Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Read More
The news surrounding Covid-19 is coming second by second, changing rapidly. We are trying to update this post as much as we can, by posting last info about Coronavirus to help the brides who are currently facing the hard decision to suspend their weddings or to go on as was planned before. If you have any news that may help ( for example, if you are in California State, and there are any updates on the Coronavirus ), don’t hesitate to write to us.
What are the sources of data informing the dashboard?
The data sources include the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and the DXY, one of the world’s largest online communities for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities.
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How the Coronavirus is Impacting Weddings in the United States
In the last days, due to the Coronavirus pandemic crisis, a lot of preventative measures have been taken by the authorities, in order to protect public health, changing many aspects of our daily routine.
Some of those preventative measures include American weddings. If you plan to get married in the next period of time, you should want to know how these measures could disturb your wedding day, and how to avoid a lot of headaches.
What is this Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is not something new. In fact, it was discovered in 1965 by Tyrrell and Bynoe, when they found that they could passage a virus identified as B814 ( Read More ). The new Coronavirus, or the Coronavirus of Whan, also known as COVID-19 ( or 2019-nCoV ), is a branch of the Coronavirus family. According to the World Health Organization , common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. More severe cases include pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
The new Coronavirus was detected in 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China in December 2019. From January 2020, the virus has been spread in the World, in most of the cases due to the travel circulation. The first news related to this spreading came from the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship ( 1. “Cruise ship hit by norovirus gastroenteritis docks in Sydney” ABC News. Australian | 2. “Updates on Diamond Princess”. Princess. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Entries from 1 to 27 February 2020 | 3. “Coronavirus: Cases double on Diamond Princess overnight, still in lockdown” | 4. “Coronavirus cases on Diamond Princess soar past 500, site of most infections outside China”. )
From February 2020, the Coronavirus spread not only in Asia but also in Europe: Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Romania. From the moment the virus arrived in Europe, the spread of the pandemic virus in the entire World was just a matter of time.
By far, we know that the contamination rate is very violent ( it have a fast-spreading nature around the World ) and it affects, in most cases, the elderly and the sick people. The very good news is that, based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults, which is a piece of good news for the entire World.
Coronavirus Wedding Cancellations: How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Wedding Industry from the U.S.
This disease affects almost all industries around the World, and so the Wedding industry. Why? Because in the effort to slow the spread, a lot of countries have issued national quarantines and the even States of Emergency ( Read More: Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning ). That’s said, a lot of preventative measures were taken by the government.
As of March 15th, 2020, it’s recommended by the CDC that events with more than 50 people should not move forward. Inside of their new guidelines, the CDC cites that big events (such as weddings) can contribute to the spread of the Coronavirus and says the new recommendations are made to “reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.”
This is just a recommendation, not a government order, so some events are still moving forward as planned but the people should do with caution and safety in mind. If your wedding is planned to be in the next 1-3 months from now, you should ( even with the risk of losing some money ) to postpone it.
Coronavirus Wedding Cancellations: Why to Postpone The Wedding?
Besides the fact that for sure in the next period of the time the Government may limit, even ban, the events with more than 50 attenders, the health of some of your attendees will put on risk.
Help make the next 15 days count and avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. pic.twitter.com/txPAAFtxIu
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 16, 2020
Like we mentioned above, the most vulnerable people are the elderly. In almost any wedding scenario, the parents in law are over 60 ( even more, in some cases ), so there will be a big risk for them.
Also, less-vulnerable people can spread the virus. So, even the bride or the groom is 100% safe, they can spread the virus to others after the wedding. The risk is huge and the potential damages will be unrecoverable.
Below we put a question list to help you to make the decision if you’ll postpone the wedding or not:
Q1. Is your wedding guest list over 50+ attendees?
In many cases, the wedding guests’ number is 100+, so if you have 50+ wedding guests ( and you probably have ), you have to postpone it. Why? As of March 15th, 2020 the CDC has updated that number to only 50 guests, which will limit the guest list to at least half of it.
Q2. Are there any elderly or sick people, who better will remain at home during this period of time?
These two categories are the most vulnerable for Coronavirus, so keeping them safe will be a good thing for their health.
Q3. For attending to your wedding, some of your guests will have to travel, even between states?
If so, this is another thing to take into consideration if you aren’t sure if to postpone the wedding or not. Many of the national flights will be canceled in the next period of the time. Also, other travel limitations may be imposed in the next period of time.