New York Governor Issues Order Allowing Couples to Be Legally Married Via Zoom

Since thousands of couples have been forced to cancel, postpone, or adapt their wedding plans during the COVID-19 outbreaks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it easier for nuptials to tie the knot.

This weekend, the governor announced that New Yorkers will now be able to obtain marriage licenses remotely. Not only that, state clerks will be allowed to perform ceremonies over video conferences.

“There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage,” he told reporters during his daily press briefing on Saturday. “You can do it by Zoom.”

Since the novel coronavirus has forced marriage bureaus all over the country to temporarily close their doors, more and more couples have taken to video streaming platform Zoom to host their ceremonies.

Although the arrangement may not be ideal for every jilted bride and groom, the #ZoomWedding has become increasingly popular since the start of the outbreaks—and many couples seem to feel that the online ceremony was a perfect substitution for the real thing.

“It was amazing. It was absolutely amazing,” 26-year-old Sophie Austin told Metro about her recent Zoom wedding. “I think it really drew back the sparkliness and extra stuff of a wedding and made it really obvious what was important: the two of us saying the vows to each other.

“Even though we didn’t have everyone here, it made it more intimate and special,” she added.

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Cuomo also announced during the same press conference that since New York has been placed under a statewide stay-at-home-order, hospital intubations and patient admissions have declined in addition to a drop in crowded emergency rooms.

The governor says that these encouraging numbers could be indicative of how the social restrictions may have successfully flattened the novel coronavirus curve and New York may finally be past its peak of new infections.

This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.

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