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Do you have to postpone your wedding, or funeral ceremony and are you taking new bookings?

It is pretty crazy and there is of course uncertainty for many but the good news is that if you wish to postpone, there is no problem in doing so, just be aware that postponement dates are filling quickly and so if you wish to postpone, set your date as quickly as possible and give me a call.

The current gvt official advice for NSW is that:

“Religious gatherings, places of worship (excluding small weddings and funerals that comply with the 4m2 rule, which can proceed”

General Public Health advice at present is that November onwards should be fine as it will be well outside the flu season. In addition, there are several countries, Australia included, who reportedly are advanced in developing treatments and vaccines.

I am still conducting ceremonies (in safe conditions) and will remain doing so, as long as it is safe to do so with public and personal safety ate the forefront. 

I conducted two weddings in the past week and have two more ceremonies this week at which safe practice has, and will be adopted.

The only difference from before, is that more stringent public safety protocol are in place and given the announcements today, are now even more stringent and so I am monitoring the situation on a daily, if not hourly basis.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, the best way to protect yourself is the same as you would against any respiratory infection, that is,  Practice good hygiene by:

      • making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
      • carry an alcohol-based hand rub and use it frequently
      • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
      • observe social distancing of 1.5 metres and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
      • self-isolate if you become ill
      • make sure you stay home in isolation if you are sick

Due to the daily developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, some venues and vendors have reduced services, but as I practice safe protocols, I have not as yet; however I am of course being very cautious for your safety, and for mine, and so have instituted a community safety plan which includes, but is not limited to:

      • limitation of contact and outside movement to limit exposure
      • the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser sprays, before, during and after each and every ceremony (whenever needed)
      • safe distancing & Size limitations (4 metre area inside, 2 metre area outside).
      • Disposable and/or sanitising pens for signing
      • sanitising of equipment before and after each event
      • Public safety announcements.
      • Sanitising of clothing before and after each ceremony
      • Live streaming of the ceremony to external devices where desired & applicable
      • Requesting organisers to check that all guests are virus free and don’t pose a risk
      • A safety check on site before commencing (any risk and immediate cancellation is an option).

Here are some more details:

NEW CLIENTS

    1. You MUST phone to make an appointment.
    2. When you phone, you may be asked certain questions to ensure public safety.
    3. Subject to availability, I will meet you at a mutually agreed location, but I cannot accept people at my home at present however I am happy to meet in a café or public place. Meeting at your own home will be discussed and decided upon.
    4. We will not shake hands,
    5. I will NOT meet with you if you are sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose or if I become sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose (other than allergies)
    6. YOU MUST maintain a safe distance at all times.
    7. YOU MUST have washed or sanitised your hands which must be dry and clean when we meet.
    8. Any documents you present, MUST be dry and clean and readable without my touching them.
    9. If you are unable to comply, or I suspect for any reason, that you have not complied, with the safety protocols, the meeting will be cancelled.

FUNERALS

    1. We MUST speak over the phone to make an appointment to meet.
    2. You may be asked certain questions to ensure public safety.
    3. I cannot accept people at my home at present, but our meeting can take place via video link, a public place or at your home following discussion and assurances of safety.
    4. I will NOT meet with you if you are sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose or if I become sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose (other than allergies)
    5. If for any reason I am unable to attend, I will do my utmost to find a replacement.
    6. YOU MUST maintain a safe distance at all times.
    7. YOU MUST have washed or sanitised your hands which must be dry and clean when we meet.
    8. Any document or photographs you present, MUST be dry and clean and readable without my touching them but digital copies can be transmitted via an online medium.
    9. At the funeral, hand shaking, and hugging should be avoided.
    10. Seating will be spaced and there may be a limit on capacity of the venue.
    11. To avoid cross contamination, there may not be a Guest Register
    12. The Chapel management may institute additional safety protocols.
    13. Grave side committals have fewer restrictions as they are outdoors, but safe distance requirements still apply.
    14. Guests may take part via video link in their homes or cars (anywhere there is internet access and a device with an appropriate app)

WEDDINGS

Options for your booked wedding are:

    1. Continue but with high-level hygiene practices adopted.
    2. Reduce the physical presence of guests to minimise risk.
    3. Keep the numbers but video link guests to anywhere there is the internet, a device and an app (their cars for instance)
    4. Have a smaller ‘legals only’ ceremony now, (only need two witnesses) and a larger Celebration of Marriage later
    5. Postpone your wedding entirely

Here are some additional considerations:

    1. You must postpone if you are sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose.
    2. I will not attend if I become sick, have a temperature or cough, or a runny nose (other than allergies)
    3. You can NOT have guests in attendance who have recently travelled overseas or experienced virus symptoms
    4. YOU MUST maintain a safe distances at all times.
    5. YOU MUST have washed or sanitised your hands which must be dry and clean.
    6. Any documents MUST be dry and clean and readable.
    7. At the wedding, hand shaking, and hugging should be avoided but the ‘first kiss’ is your own choice.
    8. Seating MUST be spaced and there may be a limit on capacity of the venue.
    9. To avoid cross contamination, there may not be a Guest Register
    10. The Chapel management may institute additional safety protocols.
    11. Outdoor weddings may have fewer restrictions but the 2 metre rule must be applied at all times
    12. Guests may be able to take part via video link which can be lived streamed to a suitable device
    13. If anyone falls ill after the wedding, you must notify me, all the vendors and all the guests immediately

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VENUE CANCELS

Venues and vendors need your business to survive, so please be patient, kind and understanding.

The CV-19 pandemic has significantly impacted upon the events industry and livelihoods and some businesses may not survive extended closure.
If your date cannot go ahead (as confirmed with venues and/or vendors), here are a few simply tips to follow:-

    1. Create a Social Media Group (e.g. Facebook, WhatsApp etc) for family & friends already invited
    2. Announce your date has been POSTPONED (not cancelled because you will definitely still be getting married in the future).
    3. Chat with the venue in regard to transferring ALL costs to a future date. Yes there may be additional costs or penalties, but these will be insignificant in comparison to them applying the T&C’s of your original contract.
    4. Once you have that date, contact each and every vendor letting them know that:
          1. because of the new restrictions imposed, the venue has advised your day cannot go ahead as planned but it has been rescheduled to <new date> and you hope they are happy to transfer your existing invoices to that date.
    5. Monitor those who can assist and those who cannot.
    6. For those who can, ask for an updated invoice.
    7. For those who CAN’T, ensure you reach an agreement in regard to how to cancel any existing arrangements . As most will be relieved you have a new date, hopefully there will be very few who cannot transfer.
    8. For those who can’t commit to your new date, ask them for recommendations and/or pop a post in the group.

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