All individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including children under the age of 12, should use prevention strategies, such as wearing masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. Businesses, institutions, and event organizers can decide the best way to use the multi-layered prevention strategies to implement in addition to the masking requirement.
Key prevention strategies for staff, patrons, attendees, and guests:
- Promote vaccination against COVID-19 and vaccination events in Philadelphia.
- Encourage physical distancing, especially for those who are unvaccinated.
- Encourage staff and attendees to stay home if they are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, and to get tested for COVID-19.
- If an employee develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. Refer to the Health Department’s workplace guidance for more information.
- Tell unvaccinated staff and attendees who have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to quarantine and get tested for COVID-19. See our map of testing sites.
- Vaccinated staff and attendees don’t need to quarantine but should wear masks and be tested if they come into close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Ask all attendees to screen themselves for symptoms before entering the facility.
- It is not recommended to conduct onsite temperature measurements. If you measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher to remain onsite.
- Conduct contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine for staff or attendees who show symptoms of COVID-19. These steps should be taken in a manner consistent with applicable laws and regulations, including those relating to privacy, and in collaboration with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.
- If you have questions, contact the Health Department by calling 215-685-5488 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key prevention strategies for facilities, including arrangement or construction of event space/establishment, if applicable:
- Conduct routine cleaning using EPA-approved cleaning products. See CDC guidance for details.
- Prevent crowding at exhibits, check-out, and/or events.
- Consider how you will position restaurants, food trucks, or food stands to prevent crowding and/or long lines, if applicable.
- Use sidewalk decals or signs to help attendees, patrons, guests keep their distance.
If possible, increase ventilation in the building by either:
- Opening windows and/or doors on opposite sides of the building and using fans to blow outside air through the building, OR
- Optimizing ventilation provided by the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system by:
- Having the HVAC system checked to assure that it is working properly. If it can be adjusted, the system should be set to provide at least 6 air exchanges per hour.
- Maximizing the amount of outside air circulated by the system.
- Installing filters with minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV) of the highest value compatible with filter rack.
Post prominent signs at the premises:
- Asking people who are sick or who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days not to enter.
- Requiring masks. Find Health Department posters on masking and vaccination requirements.
- Encouraging people to cover coughs or sneezes.
Read more about the CDC’s guidance event planning and COVID-19 safety.
A word about HIPAA: HIPAA ensures a patient’s health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information. HIPAA applies only to covered entities (healthcare providers, healthcare plans) that conduct or engage in certain electronic transactions. Most event organizers would not fall into the category of a covered entity as defined under the statute and so HIPAA would not apply to most event organizers attempting to verify an individual’s vaccination status. Read more guidance from the CDC about HIPAA. If you have questions about privacy laws that could potentially be applicable to vaccination verification activities, consult with legal counsel prior to taking such actions.
- 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.