COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is available to everyone 12 and older! Get an appointment or visit the Convention Center or Esperanza walk-up sites.

Social gathering guidance

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.

These guidelines refer to social gatherings of persons in private residents and public spaces, such as a park. Please review the guidance for organized events and large gatherings, such as for catered events, wedding & celebrations, outdoor performances and events, drive-in movies and events, and indoor live theaters, music venues, and movie theaters.

Protections Needed


  • Wear a mask whenever you are out in public unless you are far away from others.
  • Always keep your mask on when gathering with others, whether you are indoors or outdoors, except:
    • When eating and drinking; and
    • When you are at least 6 feet apart from others outside of your group.
    • If gathering indoors, food and drink should be served to seated guests. Guests must be seated at tables in order to eat or drink. Drinks may only be served at events where meals are served.


  • 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.

Reduce crowds

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% of maximum occupancy regardless of venue size.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • If serving food, indoor gatherings may have no more than 75 people.
  • Adherence to masking and safe distancing is required.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
    • If serving food, outdoor gatherings may have no more than 250 people.
  • If the event has both indoor and outdoor components, follow appropriate guidelines for the space being used.
  • Delay and postpone gatherings likely to have a particularly large number of guests or those in which vulnerable groups such as the elderly are expected.
  • Consider implementing virtual accommodations for vulnerable guests to discourage in-person attendance.


  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face or eating without washing your hands.
  • If you have people over, make sure to offer them a place to wash their hands or make hand sanitizer available if outside.


  • Wipe down any surfaces that may have been touched by guests with disinfectant after they leave. See CDC guidance for details.


  • 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?
    • Will you avoid food and drink?
  • If you are uncomfortable with the plan COVID-19 safety, don’t be afraid to say so. Others will likely be thinking the same thing.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 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.
  • Persons who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19 if they meet the following criteria:
    • They are fully vaccinated, and it’s been at least 2 weeks after the last dose in the vaccine series.
    • They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
  • Vaccination is not 100% effective.
    • Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
    • Anyone who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
    • After vaccination you must still wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid crowds.

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.