California loosens restrictions on private gatherings – NBC 7 San Diego


The California Department of Public Health (CRPD) released new guidelines on Friday that now allow private gatherings to include up to three households.

The guidelines go into effect in San Diego County on Saturday. The updated plan replaces the guidelines for previous gatherings published on September 12 and March 16.

The guidelines say gatherings should take place outdoors and keep the gathering smaller as this reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19. The guidelines also state that the host should collect the names of all participants and contact details in case contact tracing is required later.

“Gatherings can take place in outdoor spaces covered by umbrellas, canopies, canopies, roofs and other shading structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open on the outside, ”says the CRPD website.

Additional tips include:

  • For all gatherings permitted under this guideline, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others (not including their own household) at all times.
  • Seats should provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions – front to back and side to side) between different households.
  • Everyone at a meeting should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer should be available for participants.
  • Shared objects should not be used during a gathering. Whenever possible, all food or drink at outdoor gatherings should be in single-serve, disposable containers. If it is not possible to provide single-serve containers, food and beverages should be served by someone who washes or disinfects their hands frequently and wears a face shield. Self-service items from common containers should not be used.

Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle or body pain, headache, confusion or loss of taste / odor, should stay at home and not come into contact with anyone outside their home, as directed by the CRPD.

Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending a rally should notify other participants as soon as possible of the potential exposure.

People at higher risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, such as the elderly and those with chronic health conditions, are strongly urged not to attend gatherings.

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