In case you haven’t heard, Southern New England to-be-weds have received some great news recently. Rhode Island has relaxed restrictions across many industries, but most notably, catered events can now hold up to 75 percent capacity (up to 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors, depending on the venue). Some further restrictions still apply, including:
- All guests/vendors—including vaccinated individuals—must be tested within 48 hours of the wedding.
- Masks must be worn at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
- Tables must be placed six feet apart, with 8 people per table max inside, 10 people max outside. RIDOH recommends limiting tables to 2–3 households, but it isn’t mandatory.
- Must have designated person in charge of keeping track of all guests’/vendors’ results and contact info.
- Cocktail hour must be seated.
- No passed hors’ d’oeuvres, self-serve stations or walk-up bars allowed.
- Only couple dance, parent dances and ‘pod dancing’ (a.k.a. clearly marked zones per table for individual dancing—masks must be worn and no mingling between tables) are allowed.
- Live performers must be 14 feet away from guests and high traffic areas. (Distance may be lessened if masks are worn/plexiglass is put in place.
- A licensed caterer must be on-premises at all times.
Beginning May 15, catered events will allow up to 150 people indoors and 250 outdoors, while June 5 will see the limits rise to 200 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. The restrictions listed above are also most likely subject to change, so stay tuned.
As for our neighbors, both Massachusetts and Connecticut are easing restrictions into the spring and summer months. The beginning of Massachusetts’ Phase 4 on Monday, March 22, saw wedding capacity limits increase to 100 people inside and 150 people outside. (Find a complete list of restrictions and requirements here). Meanwhile, Connecticut is now allowing 100 guests indoors and up to 200 outdoors. (Find more info here.)
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, folks! We’re wishing the happiest of celebrations to all the couples who will be able to keep their original date and/or who won’t have to postpone for the third time.