City eases gathering restrictions, but not enough for wedding planners to start ... planning

City eases gathering restrictions, but not enough for wedding planners to start ... planning
A Touch of You Hawaii had more than 40 weddings on the books for 2020 until the coronavirus pandemic changed all of that. (Source: A Touch of You Hawaii)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Although many Oahu businesses are happy with the easing of restrictions under Tier 3, wedding planners are still hesitant to book clients.

Because weddings are considered social gatherings, they can only have 10 people present. That’s up from five under Tier 2, but still far shy of the numbers needed to hold most weddings.

The 10 people can essentially accommodate the couple, photographer, officiant and a few family members.

Taryn Magalianes, the owner of A Touch of You Hawaii, said that she already has 30 weddings on hold from last year and she is hesitant to book any more because of the restrictions.

”It’s not like we’re looking to do big huge concerts and what not. We’re looking to do 35 to 45 people intimate weddings, and they’re not even looking to have dancing anymore,” said Magalianes.

“We are professionals. We are not just people that throw things whenever. We’ve been doing this for 15 plus years. It’s something we will follow rules and guidelines and of course, we want to keep our guests and our couples safe, so just give us the chance to do that.”

Wedding planners are hoping officials will ease the rules for them as funerals can have up to 25 people and retailers and restaurants have no capacity restrictions under Tier 3.

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