There is some respite for would-be couples in the US state of New York following the passing of an order allowing citizens to marry online.
The development follows the cancellation of many marriages after lockdown restrictions were imposed on the state amidst concerns of Coronavirus.
The order signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 19 means from now on, people in the US state will be able to apply for marriage licences remotely and clerks allowed to conduct ceremonies via online platforms.
”I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a Twitter post.
NEW: I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 18, 2020
Speaking later in a press briefing after signing the order, Mr Cuomo said the move meant there was now “no excuse” for couples not to tie the knot. “You can do it by Zoom. Yes or no?” he added.
The decision comes after New York state extended lockdown measures until 15 May. More than 13,000 people have died of coronavirus in New York city alone.