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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Social gathering guidance

The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city, social gatherings are now very dangerous. To reduce your risk, socialize with your immediate household members only.

How to Stay Safe

  • Avoid all social gatherings with people outside of your household, even while wearing masks and maintaining safe distancing.
  • If you choose to participate in social gatherings they must be held outside, with people wearing masks and maintaining more than 6 feet of distance. To ensure that all people can wear masks, food and drink may not be served.
  • Outdoor events and gatherings may not exceed 10% of maximum occupancy and no more than 50 persons. If maximum occupancy is unknown, no more than 10 persons per 1,000 square feet are permitted.

Protections Needed

Masks

  • Wear a mask whenever you are out in public unless you are far away from others.
    • If you think it might be 6 feet, that’s too close. Keep your mask on.
    • Wash your mask in the regular laundry each day that you use it.

Isolate

  • Screen yourself before you go out. If you have any cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell, get tested for COVID-19 and otherwise stay home and away from others.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 10 days, stay home and follow CDC quarantine guidelines. If you do not have any symptoms, you may end your quarantine period after:
    • Day 10 without testing OR,
    • Day 7 after receiving a negative test result (lab-based or rapid) after day 5.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days and do not go to work. If you are an essential worker, notify your employer that you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, get tested.
  • Find a location to get tested using the COVID-19 testing sites map.

Reduce crowds

  • Outdoor events and gatherings may not exceed 10% of maximum occupancy and no more than 50 persons, even with masks and maintaining safe distancing. If maximum occupancy is unknown, no more than 10 persons per 1,000 square feet are permitted. Masks should be worn at all times, which means food and drink may not be served.
  • Indoor events and gatherings with people outside of your household are prohibited.

Handwashing

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face or eating without washing your hands.

Clean

  • Wipe down any surfaces that may have been touched by guests with disinfectant after they leave. See CDC guidance for details.
  • Keep books and other materials that cannot be safely cleaned out of circulation for at least 3 days.
  • For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, and keyboards:
    • Put wipeable covers on electronics and clean between each user.
    • Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
    • If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

Communicate

  • Before you get together with others, ask what they have been doing during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • Have they been going to work or gathering with others?
    • Have they been around anyone with COVID-19 or its symptoms?
    • Are they feeling well?
  • Talk about safety measures before getting together with others and agree on a plan.
    • Will you stay outdoors?
    • Will everyone stay at least 6 feet apart and avoid hugs, handshakes, and other contact?
    • Avoid food and drink.
  • If you are uncomfortable with the plan for COVID-19 safety, don’t be afraid to say so. Others will likely be thinking the same thing.

See also:


  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.

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