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COVID-19 Relief Law - NY Fed Ct. Allows Over 50 Wedding Guests

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A New York Federal Court judge ruled that weddings may have more than 50 guests, despite the state’s limit on all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the decision, wedding venues could operate at the same level of service as the state’s restaurants, which can now serve indoor diners at 50% capacity.

Plaintiffs reasoned that restriction would “deprive Plaintiffs of an ‘irreplaceable life event' as well as  that the defendants’ interest in preventing the spread of COVID-19 was undermined by “the fact that a wedding venue, when operating as a restaurant under defendants’ 50-percent capacity restriction, is permitted to hold more than 50 people at a time and thus failing to allow more than 50 people when the same venue is used for a wedding is arbitrary.” Plaintiffs alleged that the state allows “similar or more dangerous activities involving more people,” including protests and outdoor graduation ceremonies.

Among their arguments, the governor’s lawyers said the 50-person gathering restriction is “a valid expression of the state’s emergency police power over matters of health and safety” and the “court should not second-guess the state’s response to a health crisis.”

For questions about this court decision or about your wedding plans, please contact the attorneys at Fazzio Law, we are in your corner!


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