State updates guidance to gatherings, receptions, indoor live events and conferences

State updates guidance to gatherings, receptions, indoor live events and conferences

By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACPHealth Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

With vaccination rates increasing and the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate near a record low, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  has updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework allowing additional activities to resume with modifications to reduce risk.

The updates include gatherings, private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates take effect beginning on April 15. California's framework for loosening and tightening restrictions is governed by the level of COVID-19 spread.

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Here are key new updates to the state’s Blueprint, which begin on April 15

  • Gatherings:  Presently, outdoor gatherings are allowed, and are limited to three households with a maximum of 10 people With the updated guidance,n the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are now allowed. The gathering size increases to 50 people in the Orange Tier.
  • Private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences: In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating. 
  • In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and capacity increases to 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination; capacity is limited to 100 people. 
  • In the Orange Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people. 
  • Indoor live events or performances: In the Red and Orange tiers these activities are allowed with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors. View the updated sector chart to see which activities and businesses are allowed in each tier.

For more information about local public health orders, guidance, and vaccine distribution in Santa Barbara County, please visit: https://publichealthsbc.org/.