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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released guidance for individuals and families to hold limited gatherings as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance specifies state requirements to gather with people who live outside one’s household, but does not replace limitations on gatherings in any other sector guidance. CDPH outlines the following requirements for safer gatherings:
The State of California does not permit concerts or live musical events, whether located indoors or outdoors. If people are informally gathering to sing, chant or play instrumental music, everyone in attendance must be from one of three households and physical distancing should be maintained. Playing wind instruments, such as a flute or a clarinet, is strongly discouraged. If any of these activities occur, the following CDPH guidelines can help to limit potential spread:
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich called the release of the guidance a helpful development, as gatherings of people who do not live in the same household have been a significant driver of the county’s COVID-19 cases.
“We recognize that as this pandemic goes on, it is a struggle for people to avoid gathering altogether,” Dr. Frankovich said. “This guidance helps us all to minimize the inherent risk in coming together by limiting the size of the gathering and the number of different households coming together, while using all of the prevention strategies that have helped to keep our community safer.”
Read the guidance in full at cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CDPH-Guidance-for-the-Prevention-of-COVID-19-Transmission-for-Gatherings-10-09.aspx.
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