EDINBURG, Texas – Big events like weddings and quinceaneras took a back seat during the pandemic, but now an event center is working to implement protocols that will allow them to offer all their amenities in the safest way possible.
According to Arlina Larson, general manager of The Saint Michael Event Gallery, May is usually a busy month for them, but due to the pandemic nearly 50 of their events were postponed.
But with venues being allowed to re-open, Larson said it has been a learning experience as they are preparing events for the end of the month and meeting with clients discussing plans that include social distancing and hygiene standards.
“The other thing is trying to change the way we serve our food, the way we serve our drinks, you know what is the safest way that we can offer all of the amenities we’re so used to doing and still stay safe,” said Larson.
The guidelines for event centers are just like restaurants where they must operate at 25% capacity, tables are at least six feet apart from another and each table must only have six people.
“There are events where they’re looking at 200-300 people, you know now we’re going to have to limit it to so much less,” said Larson. “So now we’re going to have to ask them to cut their guest list to like just a certain amount of people.”
This is something Elva Martinez of Edinburg doesn’t mind doing as she can now continue finalizing plans for her daughter’s sweet sixteen, as her party was postponed because of COVID-19.
“And she’s really excited to go ahead and maybe have something with her close friends and family.”
Larson said another aspect they’re looking into is the dance floor and even accommodating events outdoors.