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New York allows online lockdown weddings






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New York decided people can get married despite the city being in lockdown. The governor signed an order letting people get married online. All weddings had been stopped. To tie the knot under lockdown, couples must now apply for a marriage license online. Clerks will conduct the ceremony virtually. The new online weddings are legal. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."

Couples can marry via video conferencing. This was previously not legal. The governor joked that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Video conferencing platforms allow guests to attend online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at least the 15th of May. Social distancing measures could be around for months. This means weddings and other events may continue to be online.

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