In just over a week, the state’s new targeted health measure will go into effect and allow for some large gatherings.
It’s called “Phase 2” and it increases the rules for social gatherings from 10 to 25 people, or 25% of the capacity of a venue, whichever is greater.
The new DHM is a welcome change of pace for wedding venues, but wedding DJs say they are still left out.
Joe Cruz usually puts on dozens of weddings each year.
“I live to host and I love making people have a good time,” said Cruz, who owns Joe Cruz DJ Services. “So if I can somehow, I’ll take it.”
Since the first DHM went into effect in March, the wedding industry, including DJs, has taken a hit.
“From April to September, I’ve postponed ten weddings and canceled four entirely,” said Cruz.
Wedding locations with a capacity of 50% can be opened under the new DHM.
“As my motto says: ‘Never turn off.’ We just distance ourselves a little and maybe put on a mask. ” said Cruz.
At Friday’s daily press conference, Governor Pete Ricketts explained why certain dances are allowed and some are not.
“We allow dances. So if you’re dancing on a stage, that’s fine, but you’ve all been to weddings,” Ricketts said. “You know that dancing on a dance floor is close contact. It’s not the same, so dancing at weddings is still not allowed.”
Cruz said he understood the reasoning but was still frustrated that he couldn’t get back to work.
“Just to say, ‘You can have your reception but not dance,’ it sounds like we’re in the middle of Footloose and we need Kevin Bacon to save us,” said Cruz.
Now all he can do is sit and wait. That is, he says, the hardest part.
“Not knowing when to release the dogs and get back to normal is probably what kills me the most,” said Cruz.
Cruz said he doesn’t expect to be back in full swing in the next six months.