Event planners readying for loosened restrictions in Phase 4

WRENTHAM, Mass. — Starting Monday under Phase 4, event venues will be able to open up to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.

“Our staff and everyone is just so excited to get back obviously, we can’t wait to see our brides and grooms,” said Juliana Lorusso, event director at Lake Pearl in Wrentham.

Lorusso said they had about 100 weddings postponed from last year, so they’re beyond happy they’ll now be able to host all of them this year.

“It was just 10 people before, 25 people outside, so this is a big jump and really allows us to have just about every wedding that we planned for the season,” Lorusso said.

Lorusso said their first wedding is in just about one month, and, luckily, under the new rules it can actually happen.

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“All of the weddings coming up were so relieved because, if the numbers stayed at 25 people inside, that’s so small for a wedding,” Lorusso said.

While the events will go on, there will still be some safety protocols in place like temperature checks at the door and only six people allowed per table.

“Masks will be worn at all times unless you’re at your table physically eating, but if you’re up walking to the bar, on the dance floor, you do have to wear your masks,” Lorusso said.

Lorusso said they were still able to host some outdoor weddings in 2020, but they weren’t allowed to have a dance floor, so that will also be a welcome change starting this week.

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“It was kind of like a glorified sit-down dinner, so now that they’re able to walk up to the bar, walk up to the buffet, have a dance floor and actually feel like a party, people are really excited to just get out and have a party again,” Lorusso said.

Even though event venues will open back up to bigger parties, the governor said gatherings at private homes will still be restricted to 25 people outside and only 10 people indoors.

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