Against the backdrop of restrictive lockdowns and numerous marriages cancelled or postponed, New Yorkers have good news to share to the world.

As per the BBC, Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing online marriages. Governor Cuomo has, in his tweeter, said, “I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference”.

Citizens of New York State, one of the 50 states in the US, may apply for a marriage license online and ceremonies conducted virtually on the radars of the state authorities. New York, considered epicentre of COVID-19 in North America, has a lockdown until 15th May. More than 13,000 people have died of coronavirus in NY city alone.

New York isn’t the first place to turn to the internet to offer a legal solution.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced that citizens and residents would be allowed to get married online after the justice ministry created a website for couples to submit required documents. A virtual ceremony, complete with a registrar and witnesses, can then take place.

Meanwhile, one county in Ohio is allowing people to obtain marriage licences online in specific circumstances, such as when one of the partners is a health care worker, suffers from a serious illness or has health insurance issues.