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Oregon delays permits until July for coast weddings during COVID-19
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OREGON, USA — Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Oregon will not issue permits for outdoor events like weddings until July 1. That includes some weddings planned on Oregon's public beaches.

Carolyn Greenwood is a wedding officiant based in Manzanita. She estimates about 90% of her clients come from out-of-state. Her business, Oregon Beach Ceremonies, offers people help to navigate the permitting process.

"The challenge is, they're not issuing permits right now," Greenwood said.

People are allowed to have wedding ceremonies on Oregon beaches without a permit if:

There are fewer than 50 people in attendance. There are no materials such as chairs, tables, gazebos or artificial structures brought in. Oregon Parks & Recreation Department is taking applications for events scheduled after July 1.

"It's really important for us to work together to support health of everybody," said Chris Havel with the Oregon Parks and Recreation department.

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