California's Wedding/Private Events Industry Protests Roadblocks To Reopening

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As California tries to get its economy working full tilt again, some industries are calling foul. For one, wedding event providers say they feel totally marginalized by not being allowed reopening guidance by state government. 

Below are segments from a news release from CAPE, the California Association for Private Events:

Approximately 100 brides, grooms, vendors and event planners gathered in Sacramento at the California’s Capitol to demand recognition in Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan

Commemorating life’s most precious events CAN be done in the same healthful and safe manner that restaurants and other sectors are exercising.

In a peaceful but lively protest, representatives from across the state – San Diego to Mendocino – expressed their collective disappointment. The weddings industry was the first to close in March and, without recognition by California’s state government, will be the last to open, potentially killing hundreds of businesses, thousands of jobs and millions of dollars.

Despite being an industry that contributes over $400 billion annually to the California economy and supports over 3 million jobs, the events industry has been ignored. CAPE is hosting a “Walk for Weddings” to bring attention to the private events industry and request inclusion in the reopening plans and guidelines for the industry. Without being assigned to any of the industry sectors for reopening guidance, at this time there is no prospect of reopening, regardless of a county’s color designation. 

Wedding events community protests at California capitol

Photo Credit: CAPE/California Association for Private Events

Wedding events community protests at California capitol

If “love can conquer all” then it is time for the work of event professionals to be included in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Commemorating life’s most precious events CAN be done in the same healthful and safe manner that restaurants and other sectors are exercising. Despite being an industry that contributes over $400 billion annually to the California economy and supports over 3 million jobs, the events industry has been ignored. CAPE is hosting a “Walk for Weddings” to bring attention to the private events industry and request inclusion in the reopening plans and guidelines for the industry. Without being assigned to any of the industry sectors for reopening guidance, at this time there is no prospect of reopening, regardless of a county’s color designation.

Amy Ulkutekin, president of CAPE said, “CAPE endorses a safe and responsible tiered approach to re-opening, with events first taking place under the currently approved guidelines for restaurants and religious and cultural ceremonies, then focus on opening larger events when local health metrics have improved.”

Wedding events community protests at California capitol

Photo Credit: CAPE/California Association for Private Events

Wedding events community protests at California capitol

CAPE has representatives at most counties within California, and each local task force has drafted and submitted guidelines for safe re-openings to their County Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health.   

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