California Rules On Gatherings: Limit To Three Families, Two Hours Or Less, No Singing

by Publisher CoachellaValley | October 13, 2020 6:45 pm

COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, issued new social distancing guidelines released for the entire state of California prohibiting gatherings that include more than three households at any time.

Under the Oct. 9 document from California Department of Public Health entitled “Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings”, all private gatherings must limit the number of attendees and are required to be held outside.

Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized, according to the document.

Officials are urging the host of any gathering to “collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.”

Multiple gatherings of three households are not allowed to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time, officials say.

The document also states that seating at such gatherings must be at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between different households.

Barring any “applicable” exemptions, the state guidelines also mandate face coverings to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking “as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.”

Gatherings should be limited to two hours or less, according to officials.

The document states that singing, chanting and shouting at outdoor gatherings are “strongly discouraged” due to a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Officials say anyone singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times and maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.

While instrumental music is allowed, the document says, musicians must maintain physical distancing and are “strongly discouraged” from playing wind instruments such as a trumpet or clarinet.

State officials maintain that gathering indoors is still too risky and provided guidance on what types of outdoor coverings were safe to use.

Umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures are permitted as long as at least three sides of the space or 75 percent are open to the outdoors.

And of course, anyone feeling sick should avoid mingling with others completely

The rules were announced days before hundreds of people turned out and more than 75 people were arrested in celebrations over the Los Angeles Lakers’ 17th title Sunday night in downtown L.A., with revelers vandalizing multiple businesses in the area.

During a briefing Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated health officials would elaborate more on the guidelines in a news conference scheduled for Tuesday.

On a positive note, Tuesday, it was reported California coronavirus hospitalization rate hits lowest since start of pandemic.

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