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 guidance also includes what vaccinated individuals are allowed to do.

The safest choice is to get vaccinated. You can feel safer about gathering if you do.

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. If COVID-19 cases are lower, indoor gatherings are allowed. But outdoors is always safer than indoors

Your event should be as short as possible. 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 sell food or drinks.

Consider making 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.

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.

If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a face covering if you are not able to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people you do not live with. 

People may sing, speak, play music depending on tier level.

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 May 06, 2021