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For the bridal party and guests to be able to dance and mingle at a wedding, with COVID safe practices in place. It was reported by Channel 7 news that in response to this petition, the State Government has said "the measures are extremely important in limited the spread of the coronavirus should it occur again in our community." We don't disagree with the Government view, however, there is no coronavirus in our community. What we propose provides more than reasonable protection, given the other guidelines in place relating to school formals, contact sport etc. We ask for a review of the guidelines for weddings and events, and for them to be implemented in line with the level of risk presented by other permissible activities. Who Are We? Event Avenue has been operating in Tasmania as a Wedding and Event company since October 2011 servicing couples, businesses and the event industry here in our beautiful state. Who is Impacted? As we move through this pandemic, wedding suppliers are currently postponing dates with some couples now on their second and third postponement. One of the biggest reasons for this postponement is that weddings cannot celebrate as they would usually due to dancing and mingling restrictions. With around 2400 weddings a year in Tasmania, the value to our state was $60 million+. However, with the loss of international and mainland elopements and guests, the industry here has been impacted immensely. This will continue further if local weddings continue to postpone. Tasmania's current COVID free situation means we are in the perfect position to lift these restrictions, as Western Australian did at the end of June. These continued postponements are an ongoing and a substantial financial loss, and is not a financially survivable business plan for wedding suppliers. If suppliers can no longer operate due to this loss of income, then couples will have a potential loss of monies that has already been paid in deposits. Weddings usually take 12 months or more to plan and with the lack of certainty and current postponements due to the restrictions when operations do resume there will in all likelihood be an overload on the wedding suppliers in Tasmania. If we can execute the weddings planned for this upcoming season, then businesses can stay steady and on track, and plan for the future. Industry Abilities The industry in Tasmania can still comply with all COVID safe practices and can ensure there is a list of guests and their details, cleaning and sanitisation, unwell guests not to attend and distancing rules.