Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, has tweeted out that he has issued an executive order that allows people to obtain their marriage licenses remotely and clerks to perform wedding ceremonies over video.
"Video marriage ceremonies -- there's now no excuse when the question comes up," Cuomo said in a press briefing on Saturday. "You can do it by Zoom," he added.
The order from the governor comes as a major relief for couples that have been waiting desperately for marriage bureaus to open up.
But the thing is, even when the pandemic comes under control and the shelter-in-place order enforced across the state gets lifted, it will be a while before any kind of public gathering, including jam-packed wedding ceremonies, could be allowed.
Other activities have also moved online due to coronavirus
Along with weddings, plenty of other activities - including dinner parties, schooling, concerts, cabinet meetings - have moved to video-conferencing services, as people try to get on with their lives even during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 disease, which started spreading from the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed over 38,000 lives in the US, of which 13,000+ have been New Yorkers.