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Updated October 4, 2021

Gatherings and Events Guidance from Public Health (427.2 KB)


Any gathering is risky at this time. The highly contagious delta variant is spreading rapidly in our community. Hospitals are very full and have limited staffing capacity.

Due to the increased spread of COVID-19, the State of Oregon requires individuals ages 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks:

  • In all indoor public spaces, and
  • In outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible

There are a few exceptions, including if an individual is actively eating or drinking. Read the full Oregon Administrative Rule here.

You can help hospitals and keep schools open by hosting events responsibly. It will take all of us to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Make adjustments or cancel your event if it cannot meet the following guidelines or your guests will not practice these safety measures. Consider hosting a virtual event. 

If you feel sick or have been around someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others

Stay home if you:

  • Have COVID-19 or symptoms
  • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results (even if you feel fine)
  • Have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days (even if you feel fine)

Host all events outside and do the following:

  • Ask all guests to be fully vaccinated. 
  • Remind guests that it is safest for adults and children who are not vaccinated to stay home.
  • Even though the event is outside, everyone should wear masks if it’s crowded.
  • Create space for guests to be at least 6 feet apart and limit the size of the gathering. 
  • Place musicians, performers, or people giving speeches more than 6 feet from the audience. Use a sound system. 
  • Serve food individually or in household groups. Create physical distance if people must wait in line.
  • Make handwashing and hand sanitizing stations accessible.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently.
  • Refer guests to 211 for current COVID-19 information about vaccines, testing, and resources.

If your guests must be indoors briefly

  • Everyone should wear a mask, whether they are vaccinated or not.
  • Open windows and doors to increase airflow.

How to make gatherings safer (CDC)