Recommendations for Attendees and Organizers of Events: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health
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Recommendations for Attendees and Organizers of Events: COVID-19

On this page:
People attending events
    Consider not attending an event
    Do not attend events
    Other considerations
Event organizers
    Masking
    Screening
    Physical distancing
    Ventilation
    Planning and communications
    Employee health

The following recommendations can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when attending or organizing events. An event is any gathering that brings together many people from different households in a private or public space (e.g., sporting events, weddings, theater, concerts). These recommendations also include venues that regularly serve the public (e.g., museums, historical sites).

In general, the more people who interact, the more closely they interact, and the longer those interactions occur, the greater the risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The most effective way to prevent COVID-19 spread is to apply as many of these actions as possible, achieving a layered approach.

  • There are currently very high rates of infection and hospitalization due to COVID-19 in Minnesota and in many parts of the country.
  • To find community transmission levels in your local area, visit CDC: COVID Data Tracker.
  • The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the most common variant in Minnesota, and it spreads more easily and quickly than other variants.
  • Unvaccinated communities increase spread of COVID-19 and provide opportunities for the development of dangerous viral mutations that could prolong the epidemic.
  • For detailed information visit CDC: Variants of the Virus.

People attending events

Attending gatherings with people outside of your household carries risk of COVID-19 transmission, so it is important to know how to protect yourself and others. Using as many of the following prevention measures as possible creates a layered approach, which provides the best protection from becoming infected with COVID-19 or spreading it to others.

  • Get vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is the most important precaution a person can take. For information visit About COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth:
    • If you are not fully vaccinated and are age 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
      • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of community transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
    • If you are in crowded outdoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
    • For activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
    • If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system.
  • Avoid crowded indoor public gatherings.
  • For more information on how to reduce your risk, visit CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others.

Consider not attending an event

  • If you are immunocompromised, or you live with or frequently interact with someone who is immunocompromised.
  • If you are at high risk for severe COVID-19, or you live with or frequently interact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19. For more information on who is at high risk, visit CDC: People with Certain Medical Conditions.
  • If not fully vaccinated.

Do not attend events

  • If you are sick. Get tested if symptoms are those for COVID-19. For Minnesota testing information, visit COVID-19 Testing.
  • When staying home and away from others (quarantining) due to exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Other considerations

  • Avoid high-risk situations for at least two weeks before the event (e.g., interacting with others outside of your household who are not vaccinated, not wearing masks, and not practicing physical distancing).
  • If you attend a high-risk event, such as a large event where people are not masked and cannot physically distance, it is a good idea to get tested five to seven days afterward.
  • If you must travel to an event, follow CDC's domestic travel or international travel recommendations at CDC: Travel.

Event organizers

Event organizers can take a variety of steps to lower the risk of transmission. Preventing spread during events will protect staff and attendees and will also help limit spread in the community, particularly to settings with vulnerable people, such as those too young to get vaccinated or who may suffer severe illness if infected. Event organizers are encouraged to layer as many of these COVID-19 prevention strategies as is feasible to maximize effectiveness.

Masking

Screening

  • Screen staff and attendees for symptoms. For a list of symptoms, visit CDC: Symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Require proof of vaccination or a negative test (with sample collected one to three days prior to event).

Physical distancing

  • Limit the number of attendees.
  • Identify and plan ways to maintain physical distancing in pathways, lines, lobbies, entrances and exits, and other areas where congestion is likely.
  • Ensure that as much as possible, people from different households can maintain 6 feet of physical distance (e.g., block seats, use signage). This is especially useful if people remove their masks to eat or drink.

Ventilation

  • Optimize air flow.
  • When possible, host the event outdoors or limit the length of the indoor parts of the event.
  • If the event involves activities that increase aerosol transmission (e.g., singing, music) or require people to remove their masks (e.g., eating, drinking), try to host these higher-risk parts of the event outdoors.
  • For more information on ventilation, visit Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19.

Planning and communications

  • Communicate the COVID-19 prevention requirements or recommendations to event staff and attendees.
  • Develop a method for checking vaccination status and negative test results for employees, vendors, and attendees.
  • If the event includes attendees from high-impact settings, such as K-12 schools or long-term care facilities, ensure that COVID-19 prevention plans are consistent with those settings and have been communicated to representatives of those settings. Require representatives from high-impact settings to communicate COVID-19 activity in their settings prior to the event.
  • Develop a COVID-19 notification plan to inform staff and attendees when there is a case(s) identified after the event.
  • Plan when people will be notified, how they will be notified, and who will notify them. Include information on individual actions to take when an exposure occurs at the event. Refer to What to Do if You Have Had Close Contact With a Person With COVID-19 (PDF).
  • Consider postponing the event when there is high COVID-19 transmission in the community. To find local transmission information, visit CDC: COVID Data Tracker.

Employee health

Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2021 15:52:36 CST