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The Latest on NJ’s Indoor & Outdoor Wedding Guidelines

Posted on April 21 by Molly Gregor

We’ve come a long way since last year when Covid first hit New Jersey, but we’re no where near out of the woods just yet. With all the executive orders, press conferences and changes to the orders, it’s hard to keep track of all of the rules and regulations as they relate to weddings.

So here they are, as of April 21, 2021. These are the CURRENT rules and restrictions TODAY for getting married in New Jersey, whether indoors or outdoors. If you have more questions, come ask in my Facebook group or email me at mgregor@newjerseybride.com.

Hang in there and let’s get married!!

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INDOOR WEDDING GUIDELINES

Indoor wedding ceremonies that involve a religious service are limited to 50 percent of the capacity of the room.
Indoor wedding ceremonies that DO NOT involve a religious ceremony are limited to 35 percent of the capacity of the room, but no more than 150 people.
Indoor wedding receptions are limited to 35% of the capacity of the room, but no more than 150 people (not including venue staff).
—Tables must be spaced 6 feet apart.
—Face coverings must be worn indoors. When seated at table, face coverings shall be worn until food or drinks arrive.
—Food and drink can only be ordered from the table. And only wait staff can bring food or drink to seated guests.
—Guests can only eat at their table.
—Face coverings not required for those with a medical condition or for those under the age of 2.
—No dance floors.
—Hand sanitizer should be available for guests.
—Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
—Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
—Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs.
Andrew and Rachael - Drive-In Movie Wedding
Rachel and Andrew Jaworski’s outdoor drive-in movie wedding. Abigail Gingerale Photography

OUTDOOR WEDDING GUIDELINES

—There is no limit for outdoor wedding ceremonies or outdoor wedding receptions.
—Social distancing must be practiced.
—Face masks must be worn if social distancing is not possible.
—Dance floors are not allowed.
—Hand sanitizer should be available for guests.
—Limit the number of people handling or serving food—for example, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
—Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
—Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
—Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
—Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs.
For more information from the State of New Jersey regarding weddings and Covid restrictions, click HERE.

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