On Friday, the state updated its guidance to allow private gatherings of 3 or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least 6 feet of physical distance, food is in single serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is short.
On Wednesday, the Department of Public Health updated the Health officer Order to align with the change in the state guidance.
It is recommended that, if you do gather with 2 other households, that you do so with the same households each time, creating a quasi-bubble that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
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.
Please note, that also it is so important that you do not attend any private gathering 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 is positive.
As a reminder, large public events and gatherings remain prohibited by the Health Officer Order, even when held outdoors, and nothing in the state’s revised guidance changes this.