The governor of New York, Andre Cuomo has signed an executive order that allows New Yorkers to obtain their marriage license remotely, over video conference calls.
This means people can get married via apps like Zoom and Skype without flouting the social distancing guidelines.
New York’s marriage bureaus are closed as it’s one of the worst-hit states in the US by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage. No excuse. You can do it by Zoom. Yes or no,” Cuomo said at a briefing on 18th April 2020.
A reporter had asked if the state was going to help marriage bureaus, to which his secretary, Melissa De Rosa replied:
“We are today signing an executive order allowing people to get their marriage licenses remotely and also allowing clerks to perform ceremonies over video. So, if that’s an avenue people want to go down, it’s available to them.”
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Cuomo then tweeted that people in New York could obtain a marriage license and clerks could also perform the ceremonies remotely.
NEW: I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 18, 2020
New York is under a strict stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the virus. Due to the strict guidelines, #ZoomWeddings have now become a common way for couples to keep their wedding dates.
In New York, couples can obtain their marriage certificates and invite their friends and family to join via the marriage ceremony video conference calls.
540 people died of the coronavirus in New York on 17th April 2020, 90 fewer than the previous day. This brings the state’s death toll to more than 13,000.
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