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Italy: Brides-to-be protest wedding cancellations and restrictions02:02

Italy: Brides-to-be protest wedding cancellations and restrictions

Italy, Rome
July 7, 2020 at 16:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

A group of Italian brides-to-be protested the strict coronavirus prevention restrictions that will be put in place for upcoming weddings. The group of brides protested with business owners from the wedding sector at Rome's iconic Trevi Fountain before moving on to Piazza di Monte Citorio and Piazza di Spagna on Tuesday.

"I wanted to fulfil my dream, I have been organizing my wedding for two years with my boyfriend. However, unfortunately, because of coronavirus it was no longer possible. I thought someone would protect us, but the dream that I had for two years still remains a dream," explained protesting bride-to-be Silvia Paolillo.

The flashmob style protest was organised by the AIRB (Italian Association of Gifts, Favours, Weddings, and Candies) to make people aware of the strictness of the new rules. There must now be fewer guests, no buffets and attendees must wear masks.

"We are here in Piazza di Monte Citorio to protest for our sector. A sector which has been totally forgotten by the Italian government, unfortunately. A sector that is completely on its knees. So we ask the government to let us at least make it to 2021," stated local business owner Luciano Paolillo.

According to AIRB, approximately 90 per cent of weddings nationwide have been delayed until 2021. In 2019, 219,000 weddings were celebrated in Italy, compared with only about 8,000 so far this year.

Italy: Brides-to-be protest wedding cancellations and restrictions02:02
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A group of Italian brides-to-be protested the strict coronavirus prevention restrictions that will be put in place for upcoming weddings. The group of brides protested with business owners from the wedding sector at Rome's iconic Trevi Fountain before moving on to Piazza di Monte Citorio and Piazza di Spagna on Tuesday.

"I wanted to fulfil my dream, I have been organizing my wedding for two years with my boyfriend. However, unfortunately, because of coronavirus it was no longer possible. I thought someone would protect us, but the dream that I had for two years still remains a dream," explained protesting bride-to-be Silvia Paolillo.

The flashmob style protest was organised by the AIRB (Italian Association of Gifts, Favours, Weddings, and Candies) to make people aware of the strictness of the new rules. There must now be fewer guests, no buffets and attendees must wear masks.

"We are here in Piazza di Monte Citorio to protest for our sector. A sector which has been totally forgotten by the Italian government, unfortunately. A sector that is completely on its knees. So we ask the government to let us at least make it to 2021," stated local business owner Luciano Paolillo.

According to AIRB, approximately 90 per cent of weddings nationwide have been delayed until 2021. In 2019, 219,000 weddings were celebrated in Italy, compared with only about 8,000 so far this year.

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