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A couple from Ohio who got married on Halloween were so worried about the coronavirus pandemic that they reduced their guest list from 200 to 83, set tables 6 feet apart, and provided a disinfectant for guests’ hands, bottles labeled ” they spread love, not germs. ”
But 32 people, including newlyweds Anthony and Mikaila Bishop, were still positive for COVID-19 after the wedding for super distributors, WLWT reported.
Three of the couple’s grandparents fell ill – two so badly that they had to visit the hospital’s emergency department.
“I didn’t think almost half of our wedding guests would get sick,” Mikayla told WLWT, a television news station in Cincinnati. “You’re right now. You’re having fun. You don’t think about COVID anymore.”
The wedding on October 31 took place when the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country. Over the past seven days, Ohio has seen an average of 7,280 new cases a day, up 105 percent from two weeks ago.
“Every county in northeastern Ohio is now literally burning with the virus,” Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday.
However, until the governor introduced a revised order for mass gatherings on Monday, which banned dancing at weddings and insisted that guests sit at all times, no previous restrictions were applied to weddings; the bishops do not violate any state or county guidelines.
The bishops spoke to WLWT about their wedding in hopes of encouraging other couples to drastically reduce the number of guests or postpone their event.
Mikaila said she was aware that while walking down the aisle, there was a risk of the coronavirus spreading at her wedding.
“My big moment, to be honest, was right when the ceremony started and the doors opened and both my parents drove me down the aisle,” she told WLWT. “The first thing I see is to see everyone’s face. And then I realized, wow, no one wears a mask.”
It was too late by then. “I’m walking down the aisle. There’s nothing we can do now,” she said.
They interrupted their honeymoon in North Carolina shortly after Mikaila fell ill and learned that their grandparents were ill.
The couple believes that dancing is perhaps the biggest source of the virus.
“This is the turning point. After dinner, after the cake,” Anthony said, noting that before that all the guests had sat at their table and were socially distant.
“Going into his face and no masks,” Mikaila added.
The governor also agreed that dancing seems to be one of the biggest problems at weddings and other events.
“It’s not the ceremonies that are causing the problem. It’s the party after that,” DeWine said when he announced the new restrictions on Monday’s mass rallies.
“We have seen the virus spread widely as a result of banquets, weddings and social gatherings after funerals,” he added. “We have seen a great tragedy related to such events.”
However, although the bishops believe that the dance floor helped turn their wedding into a super-spread event, their ill grandparents did not dance – because staying indoors for long periods of time with the virus puts even those who are mainly masked and socially distanced at risk.
“The madness is that our grandparents were the only ones who wore a mask all the time,” Mikaila said. “They weren’t on the dance floor. They weren’t at the bar. They only took it down for food.”
Weddings often pop up in the news as major epidemics.
At least 17 people tested positive after attending a wedding in Washington state earlier this month with more than 300 guests, crowding more than 10 times over.
An August wedding in Maine resulted in about 147 infections and the deaths of three people, none of whom attended the event, but instead caught COVID-19 from a wedding guest.