Health

State Eases Restrictions on Private Gatherings

Illustration of 2019 novel coronavirus Image Credit: CDC
Illustration of 2019 novel coronavirus.

The state released new guidance Friday that allows private gatherings of up to three households. The new guidance goes into effect in San Diego County Saturday.

The gatherings must take place outdoors. If at someone’s home, guests may go inside to use a bathroom.

Any interaction with others increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The smaller the gathering, the lower the risk. The new guidance recommends keeping the households you gather with stable over time.

Participants in a gathering need to stay at least six feet apart from non-household members and wear face coverings in accordance with state guidance. Gatherings should be kept to two hours or less.

Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms should stay home. If you attend a gathering and develop COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of a gathering, you should notify everyone who was there.

Those in a high-risk group, such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, are strongly urged not to attend gatherings.

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Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact