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How can I gather safely with family/friends?

You can gather safely by following these guidelines

All persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering, must comply with the following requirements. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive. Refer to your local guidance for what is allowed in your area.



Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.

Gather Outdoors

Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. 

Don't Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group

Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.

Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings

Everyone at a gathering should maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others and frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 

Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading

When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings.

Keep it short

Gatherings should be two hours or less.  

Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings

Singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged. Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. 

For more information please see CDPH’s full Guidance for Private Gatherings.

And remember, all gatherings pose a higher risk of transmission and spread of COVID-19 when people mix from different households and communities. The safest way to gather is to spend time with people in the same household or to gather virtually.