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Burlington Free Press: 4/1/2020

Coronavirus can’t cancel love: How Vermonters are adjusting wedding plans due to COVID-19

Maleeha Syed, Burlington Free Press, April 1, 2020

Wedding bells are ringing. Just make sure they’re disinfected.

Couples are adjusting to the new normal of COVID-19, a disease related to the coronavirus that initially impacted people in China toward the end of last year. Travel restrictions and social distancing to mitigate the virus might have dampened some lovebirds’ spirits — the ones who planned lavish ceremonies, ordered mass catering and booked venues months in advance. But others managed workarounds to wed their significant others.

Burlington stopped issuing marriage licenses after Gov. Phil Scott issued the stay-home order and suspended non-essential services, according to Amy Bovee, assistant city clerk. Bovee said could be exceptions to the rule for an end-of-life or health insurance issue.

“Certainly there’s lots of sadness and tears,” Loretta Jay with the Justice of the Peace Association said of the changes in light of COVID-19, but sadness isn’t all there is underlying the altered plans.

“It’s love that is driving their decision.”

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Related Links

★ COVID-19 officiant related support on JPus’ coronavirus landing page
★ COVID-19 couple related support on findaJP’s coronavirus landing page
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