Washington DC has loosened most of its COVID-19 restrictions and doubled allowed capacity in places like schools, gyms and live entertainment events - but has drawn a line on dancing or standing at weddings.
Under an order issued on April 26 by Mayor Muriel Bowser, wedding attendees must remain socially distanced in their seats with standing and dancing both prohibited. The order does lift attendance limits, however, with weddings allowed at 25 percent capacity or up to 250 people, whichever is fewer.
The dancing ban was put in place as an extra layer of safety to reduce the spread of COVID-19 because when people stand and dance their behavior changes, the DC mayor's office told FOX 5 DC. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other without a dancing ban.
It was one of the events now allowed under the new COVID-19 guidelines in DC and was listed in the mayor's 12-page decree that also loosened restrictions in other areas, such allowing people to buy booze without food, and doubled capacity from 25 to 50 per cent in non-essential retail businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms and colleges.
But the dance ban is turning off future newlyweds.
Jillian Harig, a bride who is getting married in July, told FOX 5 that people look forward to having fun and dancing at a wedding as part of the celebration.
'We're used to wearing masks at this point, we've been doing this since March. Why not allow dancing but make masks a requirement or even requiring a negative COVID test for wedding guests or provide your vaccination card,' Harig told FOX 5.