Summer Uncertainties In Sacramento As California Restrictions Loosen

Now, brides and grooms trying to plan a summer wedding are doing so without any guidelines.

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ELIZABETH KLINGE: - Also tonight, more signs that California is coming back from the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in over a year and a half, baseball fans are welcomed back to Sutter Health Park today while thousands more people get a shot of hope in struggling San Joaquin County. Thanks so much for joining us, everyone. I'm Elizabeth Klinge.

JURTIS MING: And I'm Curtis Ming. The governor says California could fully reopen in June. But some businesses are struggling to figure out what that looks like. CBS 13's Marissa Perlman is live in Sacramento with the summer uncertainties. Marissa.

MARISSA PERLMAN: Hey, Kurtis, yeah, private event spaces and venues like Wedgewood here in Sacramento were the first to close. And they will be the last ones to reopen. Now brides and grooms trying to plan a big summer wedding are doing so without any guidelines.

JENNIFER SOLIS: We picked a song a long time ago, and just going through with that, and just having that moment.

MARISSA PERLMAN: Jennifer Solis and Steven Barona can't wait for their first dance. But planning a wedding in a pandemic is no easy task. Their first 2020 date canceled.

JENNIFER SOLIS: It was just devastating. We had to get a few cries out.

MARISSA PERLMAN: But now they have the green light. They can have their dream wedding with restrictions.

JENNIFER SOLIS: As far as a mask, it's up to us. But for sure, we wanted to make sure that we had masks. And then we naturally cut the capacity, just because we want everybody to feel safe.

MARISSA PERLMAN: Capacity limits for events were announced Friday. But come June, those will go away, the state dropping tier restrictions. But in an industry employing three million people across California, there's still no guidance from the state on what summer events will look like.

AMY ULKUTEKIN: We need to know what do we need to purchase, how do we need to prepare, will dancing be allowed, will cocktail hours be allowed, can buffets happen.

MARISSA PERLMAN: Amy Ulkutekin, president of the California Association for Private Events is helping the state create guidelines for her industry. But those guidelines are waiting on modification and approval from state leaders like [INAUDIBLE]. But what she does know is it won't be a free for all for events come June 15th. There will likely be restrictions and required safety practices in place.

AMY ULKUTEKIN: We don't know what that's going to look like once we hit the green.

MARISSA PERLMAN: And where you live will likely impact what your event looks like and whether you'll be able to hit the dance floor. The state will set those guidelines. And the county can have more restrictions than the state, but not less. And of course whatever venue you pick, they can also choose to have more restrictions, but not less. But once again, the state will have to approve all of those guidelines before.