Update: 1/29/2021 4:00pm
Hello Trademark Family!
Last week, we predicted good news to come soon and it even came a little sooner than we thought it would.
The state government has lifted the stay-at-home order and the county has allowed us to move back into the purple tier without any additional county-imposed restrictions.
Purple tier allows outdoor dining, all retail spaces with capacity restrictions, bars with food for outdoor service, zoos, museums, and more to open up immediately. All of those with masks, distancing, and other health and safety requirements from the government.
Since Trademark Venues adheres to restaurant guidance, we are happy to report that open-air events can commence according to our schedule published last week. Our top priority is the health and safety of our clients, guests, and employees, and that means we do follow the procedures set forth by the appropriate regulatory agencies. Our team and venues are prepared to resume operations with appropriate and thorough sanitization and disinfectant products and procedures, personal protective equipment for employees, and plenty of open-air space for your enjoyment as well as the beauty, ambiance, and history that you experienced when you first saw your future wedding venue.
As case rates continue their downward trend, the county will advance through the tiers over time. However, if there is one thing we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis, it is that government actions and orders are unpredictable and sometimes erratic. Whatever guidance is issued, Trademark Venues will continue to adhere to our values and make decisions that best serve and protect you, our employees, and our community. There will be guidelines and requirements in place for time but that we expect to be greatly mitigated as the weeks and months roll by.
Our planning and coordination team is putting together personalized and adaptable plans for each upcoming wedding that maximizes safety, fun, and beauty.
For stories and ideas for your wedding, you can visit our blog page, Trade Secrets, here. We hope you find it interesting and fun.
To reach out to our Coordination and Planning Team or to talk to a member of the Client Relations Team to reserve a date for your wedding, please call us at 760.510.1606.
We’ve enjoyed providing these weekly updates and as things improve we will be posting updates on an “as needed” basis.
We look forward to seeing you and hosting you and your guests for your joyous wedding!
Update: 1/23/2021 2:00pm
Greetings from Trademark Venues!
It looks like our hope of seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases is turning into a reality.
The seven-day average for new cases in California is at its lowest point in 30 days and you would have to go back to December 14 of 2020 to find a date with a lower average. That average supports the solid downward trend that has averaged a bit earlier than the projections of even a couple of weeks ago were showing. Most projections now agree that the peak for new cases of the virus has been reached and we are now on the downslope.
Since the rate of ICU usage and deaths lag new cases, we can expect to see those heartbreaking metrics falling over the coming days with the expectation that the peaks will be seen within the first week of February and perhaps sooner if the trends over the last few days hold.
That is all wonderful news we are all eager for those trends to hold in the coming weeks and months as COVID-19 cases dwindle and we recover a semblance of normalcy. We will do our part to protect your health and safety as well the health and safety of your guests and our employees.
Although Southern California somewhat lags California as a whole, with a reduction in new cases and the coming reduction in hospitalizations that we expect to see soon, we remain hopeful the state will soon release the Southern California region into the county-by-county tiered system in place before the stay-at-home order. Because that determination is made on a four-week projection, we may see it happen within the next two to three weeks if ICU capacity begins to rise a bit in the region. The precedent for release before reaching 15% ICU capacity has been set by regions in Northern California although the state does not release its projections. Of course, those expectations could be extended out a bit if the reported new variant of the virus becomes hugely impactful or if there is a big slowdown in vaccine manufacture and distribution. We will keep you updated as we learn more. For now, we expect a move into the state’s tiered system in February. As stated last week, we are not quite prepared to let go of our February 10, 2021, target date for resumption of event operations as it will be a very near thing.
It is heartening to have good news to report to you and we hope that it brings you hope as we all seek to recover from what has been a frightening, sad, and trying ordeal. We strive to be well-informed and in turn to keep you informed of how government actions and advice impact our relationship with you. We have not lost heart and remain committed to you and your wedding day. Again, it lightens our hearts to bring you word of recovery for all.
For more pieces of an uplifting nature, please take a look at our new blog, Trade Secrets, here.
If you have been following up here, you know that our Coordination team is here to help you continue your process uninterrupted and our Client Services team is here for those that are looking to see our venues for the first time and reserve a date for their big day. To reach either team, give us a call at 760.510.1606.
It is going to be a great 2021!
Stay safe, healthy, and happy.
Update: 1/16/2021 1:30pm
Welcome to all those visiting for the first time and welcome back to all.
We have said it before, but it is worth saying again…we hope you are your families and loved ones are staying safe, healthy, and happy.
We are now about one year from the date of first confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. – a grim milestone.
If you are tracking the news regarding the COVID-19 virus, you’ve seen that hospitalizations, ICU utilization, and deaths attributed to the virus continue to rise steeply in California and across the nation.
You’ve also no doubt noted that Southern California’s ICU capacity remains at 0% as the state measures it. Recall that the state has committed to moving the region from the stay-at-home order and into its tiered system once ICU capacity reaches or is projected to reach 15%. Unfortunately, many projections show that we have not yet reached the peak for hospitalizations and ICU usage but will reach that peak over the coming two to three weeks.
We sincerely hope this is the final surge of the virus and the last peak in cases that we see. With holiday travel and gatherings behind us and improved treatments and vaccinations in front of us, we can all look forward to better times to come this year.
We believe it is still possible that San Diego County moves back to the state’s tier system in February, allowing us to move forward with outdoor wedding ceremonies and dinners. If indeed the peak in new cases comes in late January as predicted, then a decline in hospitalizations and ICU usage should follow about two to three weeks later. The rate at which ICU capacity recovers and the state moves away from its stay-at-home order will be directly impacted by the steepness of the drop in new cases. We may miss our mark of a February 10, 2021, resumption of event operations, but it is unlikely to be missed by much.
We look forward to those better days and we remain pledged to honor our values by acting in a way that is responsible, communicative, respectful, and compassionate.
We understand that certainty is difficult to come by these days and we wish we were able to positively predict the movement of the virus and the actions that the government may take. We cannot tell you definitely what they will do but we can commit to being there for you. Our Planning and Coordination team is ready to make your day the best it can be and our Client Relations representatives are ready to help you select the best venue and date for your wedding. Give us a call at 760.510.1606 to speak to a Coordinator or a Client Relations representative.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you for selecting us to be a part of your special occasion!
The Trademark Team
Update: 1/9/2021 10:30am
Hello to all! We hope your new year has kicked off with hope, love, and joy.
Like you, we continue to carefully track and assess the state of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the response from government and regulatory agencies. We share with you the goal of protecting and ensuring the health and safety of our loved ones and for all for whom we are responsible.
As we watch new cases of COVID-19 and deaths attributed to the virus continue an upward trend, our hearts break and our commitment to a reopening timeline that is sensible and safe remains resolute. With many projections predicting that the high level of new cases and deaths will continue for a few more weeks, that resolution remains more important than ever.
As stated last week, we plan to resume event operations on February 10, 2021. Of course, we will continue to monitor the data and directives from appropriate authorities and make the best decisions we can for the preservation of health, life, and our values as an organization.
None of that is to say there is no positive news.
People the most in need are starting to get COVID-19 vaccines with news that more doses are arriving over the next couple of months.
Most projections show that new cases and deaths will begin to decline around or just after the first week of February 2021.
Healthcare techniques for treating the virus have improved and are continuing to improve.
For us, we are grateful for the opportunity to reflect on our relationships with our clients and employees and to better understand how we can act compassionately, empathetically, and supportively. We hope others have done the same and that the lessons we’ve learned will serve us well in the future.
On another positive note, please check on our website next week as we continue our COVID-19 updates but add additional articles of a more uplifting and practical nature.
In the meantime, our teams here at Trademark Venues continue to be here to support your needs in planning your wedding regardless of when it is occurring or helping you select the perfect date for your special day. For any help, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 760.510.1606.
Thank you for all your support,
The Trademark Team
Update: 1/2/2021 12:30pm
Update: 12/28/2020 11:30am
Season’s greetings to each member of our Trademark family and to all of those considering becoming a part of the Trademark family.
We wish you the best of health and happiness as we end the year and look to the future. Although the COVID-19 virus continues to spread rapidly in Southern California and other places, there are a growing number of reasons to believe that we will soon enter a period of recovery.
Vaccines have arrived and are being distributed to critical front-line workers, in a matter of days the federal government will be providing much needed aid to individuals and businesses, the national guard is setting up additional hospital capacity, and federal healthcare aid workers will be arriving soon to help staff that additional capacity. Those are all good things, and we hope that they lead to the safe reopening of many more businesses in the very near future.
Last week, we wrote about a ruling made that temporarily opened restaurants in San Diego County. Only days later, another ruling overturned the order to allow restaurants to open resulting in their immediate re-closure. We do not expect any further action in this area at this time. As stated previously, Trademark has chosen to comply with the state orders in alignment with our core values that dictate we take responsibility for going the extra mile, we actively listen to our clients and colleagues, and that act with compassion and respect for all. We will continue to keep close tabs on new developments.
We are also closely monitoring the data regarding the virus as well as the statements from the government and from health experts.
The latest news from the government indicates that the current stay-at-home will be extended beyond its original three-week span. Fortunately, we did anticipate the extension and thus our decision made earlier to temporarily cease event operations through January 13, 2021. We will continue to assess that date along with the data and other information available to determine how to best safeguard the health and safety of our clients and guests, our employees, and the community.
As always, we are here for you. Our team of Coordinators and Client Relations Representatives are here to continue your wedding planning or to consult with you regarding a wedding date in 2021, 2022, or beyond.
Update: 12/18/2020 10:45am
Welcome back and thank you for coming back for our latest update.
Last week, after analyzing the available data regarding COVID-19 and assessing the risks of continuing short-term operations, we made the agonizing decision to temporarily suspend event operations while continuing with virtual and limited in-person operations such as venue tours, consultation, and planning meetings. We made these decisions based on the data, projections, and the expectations and burden that our Core Values place upon us. Further, we previously stated our belief that continuing operations in the face of the massive surge in new cases of COVID-19 and the dwindling ICU capacity could be reckless and irresponsible.
We are unhappy to report that our decision appears to be the correct one. Regional ICU capacity is dropping precipitously and now sits in the single digits. Although San Diego County’s capacity remains relatively high compared to its neighbors, once the county begins to take transfers from counties that have reached their capacity it will fall quickly as well. We are also seeing the virus taking a heavy toll on the healthcare profession, further hampering its ability to meet this crisis. We sincerely wish a speedy recovery for all.
Despite the recent run of dark news, there is reason for hope. Many are doing their part to drive down the spread of the virus and there is promising news of vaccines on the way. Additionally, we can assure you that many couples have expressed their excitement for 2021 and 2022 by continued transferring and booking at our beautiful venues. We want you to know how much we appreciate that hope and the faith you have placed in us to create a safe and sustainable space for you, your guests, our employees, and the community.
Our plan remains to resume event operations on January 14, 2021, to assure a safe return for all. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will communicate changes in this space weekly or even more often as warranted. Know that we continue to remain committed to exceeding your expectations, maintaining open and collaborative communications, and acting with our values and ethics in mind at all times.
If you wish to schedule a tour, virtual or otherwise, at one of our many venues or have questions or concerns regarding your already scheduled wedding, please call us at 760.510.1606 or visit us here. Our team is here to help.
The Trademark Team