AFP, Released July 23, 2021 at 8:39 p.m.
“It’s worth the wait”: Like Chai and Richard, the loving couple returned to their wedding office on Manhattan Island in New York on Friday, a sign of the city after being closed for a year due to an epidemic.
“We wanted something simpler, more intimate, and we wanted to do it + in City Hall,” says Sai Furtado, a 32-year-old New York photographer who has been in a relationship with Richard Kiss for seven years. The place where they got married.
“We decided to get married just before the cove,” she continues with a big smile, a bouquet of purple flowers in her hand, a small crown on her head and a black mask on her face. Her husband adds that to mark the corona virus infection, it forced New York to close its schools, cultural sites and many services for months.
The wedding office has been closed since March 2020 and reopened on Friday. The previous time, “I think it was after 9/11, we closed after Sandy in 2012 (hurricane),” said Registrar Michael McSweeney.
“It’s great to finally be able to come face to face with people,” he adds, adding that only one witness is allowed to a wedding at this time, even if other offices in the city are closed.
The “good days” for “more than 200 ceremonies” are not strictly spoken of in the office, “City Hall”, town hall, but in a few blocks south of Manhattan Island in another public building. Inside, only one wall covered with a large photo of City Hall allows you to pretend to be there.
“It’s possible to get married in Zoom, but I do not want it. I wanted a real wedding in person,” says Fabian, a 22 – year – old Spanish student who lives in New York and married Pablo, a 31 – year – old Dominican. Townhall had set up an online wedding service.
With more than 33,000 people dead, the return to normal life is crucial for American cultural capital, which has paid a heavy price for the epidemic, especially to regain its tourism potential. New York has seen its audience drop from the corona virus epidemic to 66.6 million in 2019 and 22.3 million in 2020.