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Coronavirus and Weddings Australia – How does this effect your wedding day?

On the 15th March 2020 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced measures to slow down the spread of Coronavirus in Australia.

The most important of this was the announcement that - Any international traveler coming into Australia from overseas is ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

Extracted from ABC News
People arriving in Western Australia who are caught breaching a directive to self-isolate for two weeks face up to a $50,000 fine as the state seeks to slow the spread of coronavirus.

WA Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement following a meeting of WA's Security and Emergency Committee of Cabinet in Perth, saying the extreme measures were designed to protect the community.
It came just hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed anyone arriving in Australia from overseas would be forced to self-isolate for 14 days from midnight (AEDT) on the 15th March.
In WA, the order will be enforced under the state's Public Health Act and the Emergency Management Act and will involve penalties ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

So what does this mean if you’re planning your wedding!

Bride/s and Groom/s
If you are the bride/s and groom/s having your wedding in Australia you need to arrive a minimum of 15 days before the event to self-isolate the first 14 day isolate period. If you are planning to get married in the next two weeks as from the 16th March and are not in Australia. Sorry to say your wedding needs to be cancelled. You will need to speak to all concerned and see what will happen from here – delay your date, forfeit all details associated with your wedding plans.

Note I have been watching a Facebook group in the Southwest with regards to B&B accommodation and they are screening visitors coming from overseas. If you have arrived from overseas they may refuse your accommodation. So what do you do then?

Guests coming from overseas to attend your Wedding
If you have guests coming to your wedding they will need to arrive 15 days before the date of your wedding and self-isolate for the first 14 days of their arrival before your wedding day.

The question is where will they go and do this?

As said above - I have been watching a Facebook group in the Southwest with regards to B&B accommodation and they are screening visitors coming from overseas. If you have arrived from overseas they may refuse your guest accommodation. So what do you do then?

Otherwise you will need to cancel their attendance and start telling your venue, catering, bus transport and any suppliers that need guest’s number that this number has now changed to xxx.

Venues, Suppliers & BYO Wedding
Venues and Suppliers will need to be extra diligent about cleaning and possibly wear gloves when dealing with hire equipment and venue facilities.

If you are a going for the BYO wedding with no venue manager or wedding coordinator then you will need to put into place some extra cleaning jobs to be undertaken.

Bathroom and toilet facilities will need to be cleaned several times during the event and additional monitoring during the event to ensure high standards are maintained throughout.

Hand washing stations or sanitary items will need to be in place. Any ceremony places that have no toilet facilities you will need to provide washing stations or sanitary items so people can sanitise at any opportunity.

Anything that will be touched by anyone needs to be cleaned, chairs, tables, microphones, Photobooths, ipods, etc.

And so it goes on and on for what other parts of your wedding needs to be thought about - food service. I hate to have to add more worry to the mix but what type of food service do you have – buffet. Which means people are touching utensils to serve themselves food. Do you stay with this food service option?

I will say this I was speaking to some suppliers about weddings that have happened over the weekend and they said some guests were not hugging or touching other guests, as they are concerned about catching the coronavirus.

So if you have your wedding coming up in 2020 its time to:
Start informing people of this isolation period they will need to enter once they have arrived in the country - 14 days.
What hygiene measures will you put into place.
Whether or not to delay or go ahead with your wedding day.

Disclaimer –
Note this information may apply today and be new details tomorrow. As you know with this pandemic we are literally sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the next announcement. The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs. Opinions expressed in this article are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions or advice of anyone else. Coast to Country Weddings, employees and agents disclaim all liability (except for any liability which by law cannot be excluded), for any error, inaccuracy in, or omission from the information contained on this website or any loss or damage suffered by any person directly or indirectly through relying on this information.

 

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