NY couples can apply for marriage license remotely, hold virtual weddings

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Saturday allowing couples to file for a marriage license remotely.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, a couple had to apply for a marriage license in person. Marriage bureaus were shut down last month because of the risk of spreading coronavirus.

The order also allows clerks to conduct marriage ceremonies via video conferencing.

“You can do it by Zoom,” the governor quipped.

The wedding industry has been hit hard since the outbreak began and gatherings in New York and New Jersey were banned. Thousands of people were forced to postpone or reschedule their nuptials, while some chose to hold virtual ceremonies without an in-person guest list.

One New York City couple got married on the sidewalk while their friend officiated from his apartment window.

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