Special Advice for Weddings
following the Mayor's
Declaration of Emergency
and subsequent concerns
continue to be updated.
NYTimes article on postponements.
During the Pandemic
This is the policy of your officiant.
Except for the couple during
--Vern Barnet's policy
Should any of your invited family members and guests indicate ahead of time that they do not want to wear masks, please feel free to share this with them.
I imagine most folks by now know that masks do less to protect the wearer than they do by limiting the transmission of the virus to others.
You, as bride and groom, are not required to wear masks during the ceremony, but if your attendants are uncomfortable with being close to you during the ceremony, you might consider wearing a mask along with everyone else except for the embrace after you are pronounced married.
The folks at Pilgrim Chapel and I are masked even though we have been vaccinated because, until it is certain that those vaccinated cannot trasmit Covid in all its variants, we would not want take any chance of transmitting the virus in any of its variants to you or your guests. Since the virus can be transmitted by aerosol up to 16 feet away in closed spaces, it is difficult to be certain that one is not a spreader, especially if one has no symptoms. I am masked to model for, and reassure your guests, that the wedding environment is safe.
Ventilation is why I ask the Chapel staff to turn on the ceiling fans.
All guests at a wedding will want to show that they cherish the couple, the families, and friends gathered for the occasion by wearing masks properly *unless every single person at the wedding has completed the vaccination protocol and you wish a maskless ceremony.
Although surface contagion is rare, right before and after the ceremony, I sanitize my hands so object I touch that you will touch will be as safe as possible.
If you might want a photo of me without a mask, photographers have found that I can stand outside on the steps of the Chapel with the couple without masks some distance ahead of me. A photo at the Chapel door makes a lovely picture. A quick photo inside is also possible, depending on the timing and the position of the guests.
must be worn to cover the nose and the mouth. Here is a link to good
advice about masks. Children under 2 should not wear masks.