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Brides-to-be-in Rome Protest on 'Postponement of Wedding' due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Brides-to-be-in Rome Protest on Postponement of Wedding due to Coronavirus Pandemic

A group of brides-to-be in Rome who had their weddings cancelled or postponed due to restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19, got together to organise a protest.Around 15 women posed in front of the Trevi fountain as they held white parasols and wore matching white face masks. 

All non-essential business and activities - including marriage ceremonies - had been banned in Italy for around two months as the country attempted to slow the spread of coronavirus. Weddings were allowed to resume in Italy from May 18, however, no large gatherings have been allowed. At the small weddings, masks are mandatory even for the couple. Customs like throwing confetti or the bride’s bouquet is banned.

At the protest, the women turned up in wedding gowns and demanded that they be allowed to have a ceremony without compromising on any of the customs. In the protest at Italian capital with placards, one of which read: “You broke our marriages”.

Other placards had messages like, “give us back the freedom to celebrate, church doors closed to wedding, a dream limited by restrictions, unrestricted marriage” before marching through the city in white stilettos..

The event, organised by an Italian wedding association, was dubbed the 'flashmob of the singles or unmarried ones'.  Around 15 to-be brides attended the event.

According to the association, about 90 per cent of the ceremonies have been postponed to 2021 and around 500,000 workers in the sector were facing unemployment, reported Sky TG 24.

They also staged protests outside parliamentary buildings along with other industry businesses affected by lock down, such as caterers, venue owners and musicians.

Officials at Rome's City Hall made an exception, however, for anyone who booked a civil wedding ceremony - not held in a Church - before lock down began. 

They did, however, limit the number of guests to just two.  Although religious ceremonies have since been given the green light to resume, social distancing measures and the wearing of face masks and gloves must be worn by congregations. Sanitizing gels must also be placed at church entrances, and at the end of every mass the entire church is sanitized.  

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