At 19:00 Sunday night,15 March 2020, the South African President has placed South Africa in a State of Disaster. In his National Address, he detailed that all schools and Universities will close as of Wednesday 18th March 2020 and will reopen after the Easter Holidays (Tuesday 14th April 2020). It is therefore assumed that with the opening of schools, that the ban on public events of more than 100 people will be lifted on the wedding and events industry and business will return to normal.
This exceptional decision by our President shows forethought and insight into the current global situation and it is the firm belief by many that this 28-day shut-down period will result in a majorly decreased infection rate and that life in South Africa will return to ‘normal’.
We feel morally and legally obliged to take the President’s guidelines seriously and follow the State of Disaster Laws and Regulations. Stella Uys Photography will, nevertheless, still honour all bookings as per our contracts with you.
In an effort to find the best solution for our bridal couples we are offering the following options:
· Should you not want to postpone your wedding for the immediate future, it is advisable that you ask invited guests not to attend if they feel unwell or are displaying any symptoms associated with the virus. Couples could also mention in their invitation that guests may be screened for fever upon arrival.
· Perhaps you need to consider the option of reducing guest numbers to below 50 (should this still be in place by that time).
· For those who have guests travelling from abroad, it would be prudent to consider proceeding without them or, at worst, to discuss a wedding postponement with me.
· Couples who wish to postpone will be accommodated as far as reasonably possible. Although most Saturdays are already booked, we will nevertheless attempt to find suitable alternative dates, with a high likelihood that this may be during the week or on a Friday or Sunday.
· Please be advised that the payment is to be made by as per the original scheduled payment date. This will assist us in mitigating the immediate and medium-term financial challenges we are facing due to numerous weddings being postponed.
· For weddings, where the majority of guests are from abroad, I could consider a longer postponement, into 2021/22. In cases like these, we would be able to keep to the 2020-rates on condition that the payment is made by the original scheduled payment date. This will assist us in mitigating the immediate and medium-term financial challenges we are facing due to numerous weddings being postponed.
· Again, let’s look at possible scenarios and discuss these since it affects you, your guests and our ability to help you find the best solution. If we are all prepared for alternative options based on the possible scenarios, it would make it easier to implement at a shorter notice.
· We will continue communicating any new developments and changes to legislation or emergency measures as and when necessary.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding!
**Ring: Marion Rehwinkel Jewellery