In New York, the US state hit hardest by Covid-19, the pandemic has disrupted life for millions. Non-essential businesses have been ordered to shut their doors and New Yorkers asked to remain at home as much as possible.
But at least one part of daily life will now have a chance to resume. Today, governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing couples to obtain licenses and marry “utilizing audio-video technology.”
It’s not the plaza, but love is love…even in a pandemic
For those who wish to marry via video, today’s EO has you covered:https://t.co/2PhF3MoHAl
— Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) April 18, 2020
The digital nuptials do have to follow certain rules laid out in the order, which is in effect through May 18. For example, “the video conference must allow for direct interaction between the couple and the town or city clerk, the witness or the person to solemnize the marriage.” In other words, no pre-recorded video is allowed, so participants still have to actually attend, even if they’re not there physically.
Whether they could make it official via video or not, resourceful couples have already been at least hosting ceremonies online. Last month Quartz reporter Daniel Wolfe attended the wedding of two friends in California over Zoom. It had its hiccups. Note: Zoom’s free version only offers 40 minutes of conferencing on group meetings.