Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has banned dancing at wedding receptions because of COVID-19.
The mayor issued the order last week along with new masking policies and changes in other restrictions for businesses and gatherings. The dance policy specifically has caused a nightmare for some wedding planners as they try to move their events to venues outside the city, according to WUSA 9.
Stephanie Sadowski of SRS Events said she was “completely shell-shocked” at Bowser’s order. “There’s hardly been any time to react, rather than being incredibly frustrated and angry with Washington, D.C., and Mayor Bowser for completely blindsiding us,” she said.
Bowser’s order not only bans people from dancing, but even just standing at a wedding reception. The order states:
Beginning May 1, multi-purpose facilities and venues may host events such as weddings and special non-recurring events provided that there may be no more than twenty five percent (25%) of capacity in any room or up to two hundred fifty (250)