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Wedding venues speak on how IDPH’s Phase 4 impacts their businesses

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Field of Dreams Banquet Facility
Field of Dreams Banquet Facility entrance into hall

DESOTO, Ill. (WSIL) -- Illinois is on the second day of the Illinois Department of Public Health Phase Four of the Restore Illinois Plan.

The changes impact all areas from how one travels to IDPH approved safety guidance.

News 3 spoke with the Field of Dreams Banquet Facility in Jackson County and was told even though bars and restaurants are opening, owners in the wedding venues industry may continue to struggle a little while longer.

Jane McKinney said the state's decision to move into Phase Four will help a lot of businesses but said she and her husband haven't booked an event since October and don't believe people will call in to book a wedding at their establishment anytime soon.

McKinney said they have a couple of weddings reserved at their DeSoto venue for March but due to the limited number of people allowed to gather McKinney said one has already called-in to reschedule.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Phase 4 allows a 25% limit pending a businesses' capacity. McKinney said the capacity of their wedding venue is two hundred, which means only 50 people would be allowed to celebrate a couple's wedding day at their business.

McKinney said, it's just not worth the investment for many couples.

"Still at 50 people, when you're dealing with grooms family's and the bride's family, you're limited to how many you can invite from both families. It's hard to pick 25 people from each family, to be able to invite so I don't think that a lot of people will think that's its worth spending the money to do a wedding for 50 people," McKinney.

McKinney's wedding season usually runs from March to November and said she said she hopes things improve in that time.

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