In a city where dancing is banned, not even a rebellious teenager can save DC couples from the capital’s latest COVID guidelines.

Seemingly torn straight from the plot of “Footloose” , Washington, DC’s new social distancing rules prohibit standing and dancing at weddings. The sudden announcement that is being made at the start of the wedding season has blind couples preparing to tie the knot.

“It’s crazy, it was an absolute rollercoaster ride,” says Stephanie Sadowski, DC wedding planner and owner of SRS Events.

According to Sadowski, couples are forced to move their weddings outside of the state capital with a week or two in advance.

“They want to have a party. They’ve planned their wedding, made concessions along the way, down, down and down on their Washington, DC guests, ”she says.

According to the latest DC order, indoor and outdoor weddings are limited to 25 percent . A waiver is required for more than 250 people.

In a statement to local subsidiary Fox 5 DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said it had introduced the dance ban as an extra layer of security to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 because when people stand and dance, their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to approach and touch.

DC isn’t the only state evacuating the dance floor – Illinois and Michigan have similar bans. New York and New Jersey recently eased their restrictions on dancing.

It is unclear how long the DC dance ban will last, but in the meantime, Sadowski says their couples are turning to nearby Virginia and Maryland, to celebrate their big day.

“I hope the mayor will start digging into the science and the facts and looking into what the CDC recommends and allows,” says Sadowski.

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