In a city where dancing is forbidden, not even a teenager with a rebellious spirit can rescue DC couples who need the capital’s latest COVID guidelines.
Apparently torn right from the plot in “Footloose,” Washington, DC, new social distancing rules prohibit standing and dancing at weddings. The sudden message that was sent just as the wedding season is starting has dazzled couples getting ready to tie the knot.
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“It’s insane, it’s been an absolute roller coaster ride,” said Stephanie Sadowski, a DC wedding planner and owner of SRS Events.
Sadowski says couples are being forced to move their weddings outside the country̵
“They want a party. Planning their wedding, they’ve made concessions along the way, they’ve reduced, reduced and reduced their guest numbers in Washington, DC,” she says.
According to the latest DC order, indoor and outdoor weddings are limited to 25% capacity. A waiver of more than 250 people is required.
In a statement to the local affiliated Fox 5 DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said it has the dance ban in place as an extra layer of security to reduce the spread of COVID-19 because when people stand and dance, their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other.
“It’s very confusing why Washington, DC, designates it,” Sadowski says.
DC is not the only state to evacuate the dance floor – Illinois and Michigan have similar bans. New York and New Jersey recently relaxed their restrictions on dance.
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It is unclear how long the dance ban will be in place in DC, but in the meantime, Sadowski says her couple are turning to nearby Virginia and Maryland to celebrate their big day.
“I hope the mayor starts looking at science and looking at facts and looking at what the CDC recommends and allows,” Sadowski says.