Demand Public Health MDC Change Emergency Order # 6 To Adjust Restrictions for Weddings

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Demand Public Health MDC Change Emergency Order # 6 To Adjust Restrictions for Weddings

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The current Madison and Dane County Public Health Order (Emergency Order # 6) and Forward Dane Plan is threatening the livelihood of the local wedding industry and unfairly restricting gatherings for weddings that couples and their families have planned. These couples have spent thousands of dollars for their weddings and could stand to lose thousands of dollars if this Emergency Order is not changed. In addition, the local small businesses that make up the wedding and event industry are at profound risk of closing due to the financial effects of weddings being cancelled and postponed. The Emergency Order # 6 unlawfully restricts a couples ability to choose how many guests they can have at their wedding. In addition, the current Emergency Order # 6 forcefully restricts wedding businesses, like wedding and event venues, the right to choose to be open based on the same restrictions that churches, restaurants, and bars are held to. This begs the question if there is preferential treatment and raises concerns over equal protection. 

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We the undersigned, event venues, wedding professionals, engaged couples, guests, family, and friends of the wedding industry respectfully request that you consider our position against the mass gathering restrictions for weddings as part of the current Madison and Dane County Public Health Order (Emergency Order # 6) and Forward Dane plan. We are asking that venues and mass gatherings for weddings be held to the same restrictions as churches, restaurants, and bars. At a minimum, change the Emergency Order # 6 for wedding and event venues to host mass gatherings based on a percentage of occupancy which is in line with every other business in Dane County. 



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