As the old saying goes, “love can stand the test of time.” Couples everywhere had their hearts set on having a wedding ceremony, but have had to postpone or cancel due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing guidelines set in place. Residents in New York have found a way to still host a ceremony or celebration with the same idea of most Americans are familiar with by now, Zoom, and other virtual meeting sites.
Last weekend, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced via Twitter that he was issuing an Executive Order allowing couples in New York to obtain a marriage license and host ceremonies through video conference.
There are a few requirements couples must do in order to obtain their license, such as both people showing a valid ID, the couple, clerk and witness must confer in real-time and everyone must digitally sign the license and send all required documents to the clerk.
Among other social readjustments, weddings are the latest to become virtual. This order has combatted the issue of legally getting married as many courts and city clerks are closed or temporarily unavailable. With New York having higher cases of Coronavirus than most states, this is a good alternative and should be considered for other minor legal concerns and proceedings.