Part of Reopening

Guidance for gatherings

Documents for facilities and hosts that regularly hold outdoor gatherings.

General requirements

Most outdoor gatherings are not allowed between people from different households. Up to 12 people who live together may gather outside. You can also meet with 1 other person who doesn’t live with you.

If planning an allowed gathering (religious service or political protest), you should not have more than 200 people. You cannot serve or sell food or drinks at a large gathering. Each event must be 2 hours long at most.

Do not shout, chant, sing, or play wind or brass instruments. Breathing out strongly can spread COVID-19 more readily.

Only 1 person at a time should speak. They must wear a face covering and be 12 feet away from everyone else. Have them use a microphone instead of raising their voice.


Action required for facilities that regularly hold outdoor gatherings: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF.

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol. See this protocol in Español or 中文 or Filipino or русский or Tiếng Việt or عربى.

The Shelter-in-Place Order that states what activities are allowed and prohibited during the COVID-19 emergency.

Action required: All businesses must post information for their staff about how to report violations of COVID-19 health orders at the workplace. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.

Summary of tips and frequently asked questions about how to participate in gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, when they are allowed again.


See this Guidance in [Chinese]  [Spanish]  [Tagalog]  [Vietnamese]  [Russian]

Health directive about best practices for outdoor gatherings, including meal gatherings, religious ceremonies, political rallies, and boat or bus tours.