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Wedding industry operators plead for restriction lift as couples frustrated with ‘double standards’




Wedding industry operators and engaged couples are on their knees as they plead for restrictions to lift.

The Advertiser reports that some wedding industry operators say they have lost up to 95 per cent of their income due to arbitrary coronavirus restrictions. The struggling sector is calling on the State Government to ease restrictions to revive the industry and allow brides and grooms to have their dream weddings.

Jim Liapis, General Manager of Sunnybrae Estate Function Centre in Regency Park, says his business has lost 90 percent of its income since coronavirus restrictions were brought in.

He says brides and grooms were “frustrated with the double standards of the restrictions”.

Sunnybrae Estate in Regency Park.

“They’re feeling cheated, emotionally and mentally, they’re a wreck,” he said.

NSW on Thursday eased its weddings restrictions to allow dancing for up to 20 members of the bridal party. Yet Liapis says more must be done to allow couples to have their dream weddings.

“I’ve had people crying in our offices,” Liapis adds.

“Some of them have postponed now three times.”

“It’s not necessary considering when there’s scenes of 25,000-30,000 people at footy games lining up like sardines outside.”

Angela Mountzouris and Michael Gallo, both 26, of South Plympton are getting married at Sunnybrae Estate Function Centre on October 4.

“It’s just been chaotic and it had just ruined the experience for us,” Ms Mountzouris said.

Stephen Mullighan. Photo: InDaily

The couple said they had to cut their guest list from 250 to 150 to adhere to the rules but they hoped restrictions would be lifted before her nuptials.

Opposition spokesman Stephen Mullighan said urged the Government to take action.

“If the Government can’t ease restrictions on weddings, then it should be providing wedding venues and the businesses that rely on them with financial assistance,” he said.

“This is an industry that supports thousands of jobs in South Australia, and it can’t operate effectively due to the Government’s restrictions.”

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