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

The safest choice is still to stay home. If you do meet with others, see guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.

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.

Invite as few household groups as possible. If people will be eating or drinking, you should not have more than 6 people total. Have guests bring their own food and drink. 

If there will be no food or drink, you should not have more than 12 people.

For allowed larger gatherings, like religious services or political rallies, you should not have more than 50 people. You cannot serve or sell food or drinks at a large gathering.

You can invite children if you are confident they can stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live with them. 

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. 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 canopy. But only one side of the tent can be closed, so air can move freely.

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 whenever you are not eating.  Avoid having people sing, chant, or shout.

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, as much as you can.

Special cases

Facilities that regularly host small 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 small outdoor gatherings.

Last updated September 16, 2020