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Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have advised the public to limit group gatherings because of COVID-19. As a result, some couples are either postponing their weddings or considering alternative options.
In an official statement from its website, the CDC states, “Officials may ask you to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants, and the community. The details of your emergency operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations, and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer.”
On March 16, national guidelines were issued requesting the public to limit mass gatherings to no more than 10 people. According to health officials, “Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.”
COVID-19 Timeline in Michigan
In these unprecedented times, things are going day-by-day. Below is an overview of recent COVID-19 events, and how they are beginning to impact weddings.
- January 21: First confirmed case in the United States.
- January 31: WHO declares a global emergency. U.S. declares a public health emergency.
- February 25: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the American public should be prepared for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to impact their local communities and potentially disrupt daily lives.
- March 10: Michigan confirms its first two cases of coronavirus, becoming the 38th state to have coronavirus. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declares state of emergency.
- March 11: WHO declares coronavirus to be a pandemic. Governor Whitmer asks people to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings over 100 people. All public universities move to online classes.
- March 12: Michigan cases jump from 2 to 12. Whitmer announces all K-12 schools will close starting Monday, March 16 through April 5.
- March 13: Michigan cases jumps from 12 to 25. Whitmer bans gatherings of more than 250 people.
- March 14: Michigan cases jumps from 25 to 33.
- March 15: Michigan cases jumps 53. State urges bars and restaurants to limit crowds.
- March 16: Whitmer bans dine-in service at bars and restaurants. Gyms, movie theaters, and public entertainment and recreational venues are ordered to close. Whitmer bans gatherings of more than 50 people. Nationwide, public officials are urging people to avoid groups of more than 10 people.
- March 17: Michigan cases jumps to 66.
- March 24: Governor Whitmer issues Shelter in Place Executive Order
- March 26: Number of confirmed cases rises to 2,000+ in Michigan
What Does This Mean For My Wedding?
It is crucial to stay up to date on the latest announcements from the CDC, WHO, and local and federal governments. The new findings and bans will likely impact all gatherings (including weddings) for weeks to come. Keep yourselves informed by health organizations and government mandates. It’s important to prioritize that first.
Your top priority should be the safety of you and your guests. Sadly, this means you will need to make some very tough decisions. Given the government imposed bans, you may be forced to postpone your wedding.
What Should I Do Next?
Staying informed and making a plan is the best plan of action. No one could have predicted or prepared for this situation. Your vendors are likely in the same position as you. Contact your vendors and begin crafting a back-up plan. Start booking a backup date, and filling all vendors in on your new plans. Your Mike Staff Productions team is happy to help and accommodate all of our couples being impacted by the coronavirus.
Read More: Your Wedding and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tips From The Knot:
- Pay close attention to ongoing changes as some regions and countries are on complete lockdown.
- To keep your meeting schedule on time, switch to online meetings. You don’t need to stay behind on your planning timeline.
- Instead of [outright] cancelling your wedding, talk to your vendors and postpone the date. Wedding professionals have been super flexible to match their agenda with clients’ new dates. Deciding to postpone and keep the same vendors’ team that you already chose will save you a lot of money and time.
- What the government is doing now is for prevention. You will eventually have amazing vendors full of energy to give you their best.
- If you have already sent invitations or save-the-dates to your guests, make sure to communicate with them clearly, explaining the situation. You can also send them a note card or designate someone to call the guests.