Have safer outdoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic

Reduce your risk of COVID-19 when celebrating a special occasion outside with a group.

What to do

Refer to detailed guidance from the Department of Public Health about safer socializing.

The safest choice is still to stay home.

1. Plan your gathering

Plan for your event to be entirely outdoors, except to use bathrooms. You can have a gathering at a park or yard.

Your event should be 2 hours or less. The shorter it is, the safer it is.

Invite as few household groups as possible. See latest numbers of households and people allowed.

If people will be eating or drinking, do not share any food or drinks between different households.  Remember, eating and drinking are riskier because you cannot keep your face covering on at all times.

For allowed larger gatherings, like religious services or political protests, you cannot serve or sell food or drinks.

Make a list of who’s at your event. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 later, the City can help everyone get tested.

2. Prepare for the event

Tell your guests to bring everything they need or provide single serve, disposable utensils. Avoid sharing items between households. Bring disinfecting wipes to sanitize anything that might be shared. 

Provide hand sanitizer, or have guests bring their own.

You can use a tent or umbrella. If you use a tent, it can only have 2 walls at most.

If you or any guests feel sick on the day of the event, do not go.

3. During the gathering, practice physical distancing

Avoid shaking hands or hugging. You can use waves or hand signals to greet guests.

Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth whenever you are not actively eating or drinking. Avoid having anyone sing, chant, shout or cry loudly.

One person may make announcements, but they must wear a face covering and be 12 feet away from others.

Stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.

Special cases

Facilities that regularly host outdoor gatherings

You must create a Health and Safety Plan and follow the Social Distancing Protocol for Businesses.

See documents you need to regularly host outdoor gatherings.

Last updated February 18, 2021