Cuomo signs order allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely

Cuomo signs order allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew Jersey to require masks outdoors New York City schools will reopen, limiting attendance to 1 to 3 days a week Watch live: NY Gov. Cuomo holds press briefing on coronavirus MORE (D) signed an executive order Saturday allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely.

“I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference,” Cuomo tweeted Saturday.

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The travel restrictions and subsequent shutdowns during the government’s response to the pandemic have caused a wave of event cancellations, including weddings.

The New York City Marriage Bureau closed amid other citywide shutdowns on March 20. Several weeks later, the city remains under a strict stay-at-home order.

According to the New York Daily News, the City Clerk’s Office performed 406 wedding ceremonies at its Manhattan location and 878 citywide in the week before the shutdown, more than that same week last year.

On Saturday Cuomo announced that New York, which has been hit hardest by the virus, is continuing to see less hospitalizations, a positive sign that mitigation measures to stem the spread of the disease are working. However, the state is still reporting at least 2,000 hospitalizations a day. 

As of Saturday afternoon the state has reported about 230,000 confirmed cases with more than 17,000 deaths.