The development of coronavirus is ongoing. It’s believed to have originated in China but has since been declared a by the World Health Organisation and the UK has officially gone into lockdown. This has understandably had the world on high alert, and it is having a serious effect on weddings.
Previously, the Church of England announced that wedding ceremonies should have no more than five people in attendance: the bride, the groom, the priest and two witnesses, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. They recommended that couples should video stream the service to extended friends and family, but understand that while some would be happy to marry with a smaller ceremony as soon as possible, others may prefer to postpone their big day. Now, a UK lockdown for the next three weeks means that even a smaller ceremony will not be possible, since people have been told not to leave their home except for food or to exercise once a day.
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As for finding a bridal gown, many retailers in the UK import their dresses from China, where the outbreak is said to have started and where many factories have been forced to close. As a result, British stores have been struggling to source gowns since the pandemic picked up pace, but the news of a UK lockdown means that they too have been ordered to close.
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Before the UK lockdown was implemented, Labour MP Chris Bryant said that shops in the UK were already finding it difficult to keep their businesses going, since spring is peak wedding dress shopping season.
2020欧洲杯体育线上投注“Having married many women in my time when I was a vicar, I am aware that this is very time sensitive,” he said. “And there is a real danger to many of these businesses that they are going to suffer enormous financial loss, let alone to the families.”
James Waddington, of bridal dress manufacturer Romantica of Devon, told PA news agency that they were already putting alternative systems in place and were shipping half-finished dresses to the UK for them to be completed at local factories.
2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Meanwhile, the (BBSA) was advising brands to reconsider their standard delivery times as a pre-emption to suspended deliveries and to avoid customer disappointment.
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Large suppliers such as David's Bridal were also working to provide customers with alternative styles, and to contact them with regular updates should their orders have been affected. Kaleigh Gallagher, founder of wedding planning concierge service Flutter Social also told Fox Business that they were suggesting that clients order dresses and suits earlier than planned.
The latest governmental orders for "non-essential" businesses to close means that these efforts are redundant for the time being, though if China is anything to go by, it's not all doom and gloom. The country is slowly returning to regular factory operations as the country reports its since it began reporting on figures, so the next three weeks of lockdown are likely to have a hugely positive effect.
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