The development of coronavirus is ongoing. It’s believed to have originated in China but has since spread to 30 countries and, according to the , 115 people have been infected in the UK as of 5 March. This has understandably had the world on high alert, and the latest effect concerns wedding dresses.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Many bridal retailers in the UK import their dresses from China, where the outbreak is said to have started and where many factories have been forced to close. Closure means no production and no production means no wedding dresses.
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Labour MP Chris Bryant spoke out about the issue and said that shops in the UK are already finding it difficult to keep their businesses going, since spring is peak wedding dress shopping season.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户“Having married many women in my time when I was a vicar, I am aware that this is very time sensitive,” he said. “And there is a real danger to many of these businesses that they are going to suffer enormous financial loss, let alone to the families.”
James Waddington, of bridal dress manufacturer Romantica of Devon, told PA news agency that they are already putting alternative systems in place and are shipping half-finished dresses to the UK for them to be completed at local factories.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Meanwhile, the (BBSA) is advising brands to reconsider their standard delivery times as a pre-emption to suspended deliveries and to avoid customer disappointment. This applies to bridalwear, bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits.
Though this may cause some inconvenience, MP Chris Bryant went on to request that Health Secretary Matt Hancock chased up “replies from ministers in other departments to make sure there is some kind of financial support” for British bridal retailers, while large suppliers such as David's Bridal have spoken out about their intentions to provide customers with alternative styles, and to contact them with regular updates should their orders be affected.
Kaleigh Gallagher, founder of wedding planning concierge service Flutter Social also told Fox Business that they were suggesting clients order dresses and suits earlier than planned. Our advice is similar: give yourself more time than you had originally intended to avoid added stress.
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