Popular Banquet Venue Shutting Down Operations Until Spring

SOUTHINGTON, CT — One of the state’s most popular banquet venues will be taking the colder months off, citing coronavirus restrictions.

The announcement was made on the Aqua Turf Club’s Facebook page. It is located at 556 Mulberry St. in the Plantsville section of Southington.

“To all our valued business customers, brides and their family, community, staff and vendors … As we enter the winter season and upcoming, cold New England weather, the ATC will be initiating a temporary shutdown,” it read.

Officials said in the announcement the shutdown will be similar to what the business underwent this past spring, when starting in mid-March, “we were unable to provide our customary services due to Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.”

All 2020 weddings and “standard bookings” have either taken place, been postponed or in some cases, canceled, officials said.

Officials said they expect to resume operations early March, “with anticipated expectation we will be allowed to do so.”

Officials continued, “We will monitor the state of Connecticut’s executive orders relating to our industry. We hope to see an increase in the allowable indoor capacity, the public’s comfort level when attending an indoor event, or best-case scenario, the release of a viable vaccine.”

Officials were adamant the announcement make no implication that the venue is closing permanently.

“We will remain open for tours, phone calls, and emails for those wishing to communicate with us or who are interested in hosting a future event, as well as working on various projects to the facility. We have some dates available for 2021 and currently booking through 2023,” officials said. “While we appreciate those who are concerned for us and our industry, we would rather anyone with a question regarding an event they have scheduled or wish to schedule, to reach out to us personally so we may quell any uncertainties you may have.”

This article originally appeared on the Southington Patch

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