City of Pasadena Updates Guidance for Small Gatherings

PASADENA, Calif.—This week, the state updated its guidance to allow private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is short (two hours or less).

The City of Pasadena has updated its Health Officer Order to align with the change in the state guidance.

Private gatherings with people from different households increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission, with the risk increasing the longer the gathering. If you do gather, do so with no more than two other households and the same households each time, creating a stable cohort.

A single household or living unit does not include institutional group living situations, such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities or residential care facilities. Nor does it include commercial group living arrangements, such as boarding houses, hotels or motels.

“You should avoid gatherings of any kind if you are experiencing symptoms of illness, have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been exposed or likely have been exposed to someone who tested positive,” says Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh. “People who are 65 or older or who have underlying medical conditions are strongly discouraged to gather with anyone they do not live with.”

As a reminder, large public events and gatherings in general remain prohibited by the Health Officer Order, even when held outdoors, and all industry sector guidance still applies to those sectors.

Read the City’s updated Health Officer Order. California Department of Public Health guidance has also been posted to the City website for reference.

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