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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has [decided / decision] that people can still get married in New York despite the city [been / being] under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a [specially / special] executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been [halts / halted] due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the [string / knot] . The procedure for weddings [over / under] lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having [clerks / clicks] conducting the ceremony [virtual / virtually] . Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally [binding / bounding] . A city official said: "The executive order will [temporary / temporarily] suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."

The new executive order [mean / means] couples can get wed via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a [legal / legally] way of getting married. Mr Cuomo [joking / joked] to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes [down / up] for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say [what / whether] Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on their [happily / happy] day. The platform does allow guests to [attend / attention] online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at [last / least] the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing [measure / measures] are lifted. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be [held / hold] online.

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