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Social Gathering Restrictions Throughout The United States (September 2020)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Social gathering restrictions across the United States have been evolving and changing throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. There has been a lot of variation from state to state when it comes to social gathering restrictions and the different phases of re-opening.

Below we are consolidating all of the guidelines released by each state government, giving you a snapshot of the different social gathering restrictions throughout the country.

As the situation evolves, we are keeping this data updated with new guidelines. If you are running a business or planning an event, consider digitizing your employee health screenings in order to streamline your process and minimize person-to-person contact.

Related:


Map of Maximum People Allowed At Social Gatherings Throughout The United States


Maximum possible people at a public gathering in the United States. (View larger image).


A note on the data:

Every state has issued unique guidelines, which also often differ for outdoor and indoor gatherings. In addition to those differences, some regulations and guidelines also vary throughout each county within a given state, and certain types of activities or gatherings (i.e.: religious worship) may be exempt from the regulations.

To provide you with an overview, the States have been grouped into 6 cohorts, and we used the largest possible gathering to categorize each state — this means that the categorization will often favour the rules for outdoor gatherings, as those tend to allow for more people.

For precise details about every single state, please see the data below:

State-by-state guidelines for social gatherings

Alabama

Indoor: 50% capacity.

Outdoor: Must follow 6-feet physical distancing rules, otherwise prohibited.

(Alabama Guidelines)

Alaska

Indoor: 6-feet physical distancing to be maintained between members of separate households.

Outdoor: 6-feet physical distancing to be maintained between members of separate households.

Notes: For any gathering such as a concert or festival over 500 people, where 6-feet physical distancing cannot be maintained at all times with facial coverings, the Division of Public Health should be consulted to discuss mitigation measures and safety plan.

(Alaska Guidelines)

Arizona

Indoor: Gatherings with more than 50 people are banned.

Outdoor: Gatherings with more than 50 people are banned.

(Arizona Large Gathering Guidelines)

Arkansas

Indoor: Venues may reopen at 66% capacity.

Outdoor: Venues may reopen at 66% capacity.

Notes: Physical distancing must be maintained between performers, contestants and members of the audience. If having 100 or more people in attendance, event must submit a plan to be approved by the Secretary of Health.

(Arkansas Event Guidelines)

California

Indoor: None, gatherings are not permitted.

Outdoor: None, gatherings are not permitted.

Notes: California is in effect closed, although different counties may be at different stages of restriction, depending on the number of cases and other regulations.

(California Guidance for Gatherings)

Colorado

Indoor: 75 to 500, depending on county.

Outdoor: 75 to 500, depending on county.

Notes: Counties are each assigned a different level, which they can apply to have reassessed as the situation evolves.

(Colorado Guidelines)

Connecticut

Indoor: Up to 25 people.

Outdoor: Up to 500 people.

Notes: Event organizers are responsible for compliance with regulations and everyone following physical distancing requirements.

(Connecticut Guidelines)

Delaware

Indoor: 250 people or 60% capacity.

Outdoor: 250 people or 60% capacity.

Notes: Seating encouraged. Sporting facilities and venues are not permitted to open, unless organizers can provide a detailed plan for how they will ensure adherence to Covid-19 guidelines.

(Delaware Guidelines)

Florida

Indoor: Limits of 10 people encouraged.

Outdoor:  Limits of 10 people encouraged.

Notes: Event organizers are encouraged to follow CDC’s recommendations, and cancel larger events (of more than 250 people) if the risk is deemed too high.

(Florida Guidelines)

Georgia

Indoor: Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.

Outdoor: Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.

Notes: Conventions and live performance venues are allowed to re-open if they meet a specific set of criteria.

(Georgia Guidelines)

Hawaii

Indoor: No more than 10 people.

Outdoor: No more than 10 people.

Notes: Specific cities and counties vary, most of the state is under an "Act With Care" guidelines, meaning no gatherings over 10 people

(Hawaii Reopening Status)

Idaho

Indoor: Gatherings allowed, must follow physical distancing.

Outdoor: Gatherings allowed, must follow physical distancing.

Notes: Idaho is in stage 4, meaning that mass gatherings are allowed, however the attendees must adhere to physical distancing.

(Idaho Guidelines)

Illinois

Indoor: 50 or fewer people allowed.

Outdoor: 50 or fewer people allowed.

(Illinois Guidelines)

Indiana

Indoor: 250 maximum.

Outdoor: 250 maximum.

Notes: Indiana has entered Stage 4.5, meaning gatherings up to 250 people are allowed, provided that they still follow the CDC-issued physical distancing guidelines.

(Indiana Guidelines)

Iowa

Indoor: Gatherings permitted, physical distancing must be followed.

Outdoor: Gatherings permitted, physical distancing must be followed.

Notes: With the exception of bars in specific counties, much of Iowa has been re-opening. Mass gatherings are permitted as long as 6-feet social distancing guidelines and other measures are followed.

(Iowa Detailed Guidelines)

Kansas

Indoor: Limit of 45 people recommended.

Outdoor: Limit of 45 people recommended.

Notes: Kansas is in the process of re-opening, with each county deciding on the degree of restrictions in place. Statewide, gatherings larger than 45 people are not recommended.

(Kansas Guidelines)

Kentucky

Indoor: More than 50 person gatherings prohibited.

Outdoor: More than 50 person gatherings prohibited.

(Kentucky Guidelines)

Louisiana

Indoor: 50% capacity or 250 people limit.

Outdoor: 50% capacity or 250 people limit.

Notes: Louisiana has entered Stage 3, which allows up to 250 people events, or for venues to operate at 50% capacity — whichever is less.

(Louisiana Guidelines)

Maine

Indoor: Gatherings with 50+ people are prohibited.

Outdoor: Gatherings with 50+ people are prohibited.

(Maine Guidelines)

Maryland

Indoor: 75% capacity.

Outdoor: 75% capacity.

Notes: Live entertainment venues are permitted to reopen, operating at 75% capacity.

(Maryland Guidelines)

Massachusetts

Indoor: 25 people maximum.

Outdoor: 25% of capacity, or 50 people maximum.

Notes: Venue operation comes with a strict set of requirements to be followed by the event organizer.

(Massachusetts Guidelines)

Michigan

Indoor: 0 to 250 maximum, depending on region.

Outdoor: 0 to 250 maximum, depending on region.

Notes: Michigan reopening varies region-to-region, with venues completely shut in some cases, and partially re-open in others.

(Michigan Guidelines)

Minnesota

Indoor: Maximum 250 people.

Outdoor: Maximum 250 people.

(Minnesota Guidelines)

Mississippi

Indoor: 10 people maximum.

Outdoor: Up to 100 people, 6-feet physical distancing must be maintained.

(Mississippi Guidelines)

Missouri

Indoor: Gatherings and events allowed.

Outdoor: Gathering and events allowed.

Notes: Missouri has reopened, although social distancing and sanitation precautions are strongly encouraged.

(Missouri Guidelines)

Montana

Indoor: Gatherings and events allowed.

Outdoor: Gatherings and events allowed.

Notes: Montana is mostly open, but recommending that venues restrict to 50 people maximums, and cancel events if physical distancing is possible at any given event.

(Montana Guidelines)

Nebraska

Indoor: Gatherings allowed at 75% capacity.

Outdoor: Most gatherings allowed at 100% capacity.

(Nebraska Guidelines)

Nevada

Indoor: Maximum 50 people.

Outdoor: Maximum 50 people.

(Nevada Guidelines)

New Hampshire

Indoor: 50% capacity allowed.

Outdoor: Gatherings allowed with 6-foot physical distancing.

Notes: New Hampshire is at the Safer at Home stage — meaning most events can take place as long as the 6 foot physical distancing requirements are followed.

(New Hampshire Guidelines)

New Jersey

Indoor: 25% capacity or 150 people max.

Outdoor: 500 people maximum gatherings.

Notes: New Jersey is allowing for outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people. Indoor this is limited ot 25% or 150, whichever is lower.

(New Jersey Guidelines)

New Mexico

Indoor: Maximum 10 people.

Outdoor: Maximum 10 people.

(New Mexico Guidelines)

New York

Indoor: Maximum 50 people allowed to gather.

Outdoor: Maximum 50 people allowed to gather.

(New York Guidelines)

North Carolina

Indoor: Maximum 25 people.

Outdoor: Maximum 50 people.

(North Carolina Guidelines)

North Dakota

Indoor: 75% capacity or 500 people max.

Outdoor: 75% capacity or 500 people max.

Notes: North Dakota’s guidelines vary depending on the risk level of each county. Most counties are designated low risk, allowing for up to 500 people at an event.

(North Dakota Guidelines)

Ohio

Indoor: Gatherings not allowed.

Outdoor: Gatherings not allowed.

Notes: Much of Ohio remains closed, including gatherings at indoor and outdoor venues.

(Ohio Guidelines)

Oklahoma

Indoor: No limits on public gatherings.

Outdoor: No limits on public gatherings.

Notes: While Oklahoma is recommending physical distancing, there are no limits on public gatherings.

(Oklahoma Guidelines)

Oregon

Indoor: Maximum 10 person public gatherings.

Outdoor: Maximum 10 person public gatherings.

(Oregon Guidelines)

Pennsylvania

Indoor: Social gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited.

Outdoor: Gatherings of up to 250 attendees allowed.

(Pennsylvania Guidelines)

Rhode Island

Indoor: Maximum 125 person gatherings.

Outdoor: Maximum 250 person gatherings.

Notes: Masks must be worn at any events taking place in Rhode Island.

(Rhode Island Guidelines)

South Carolina

Indoor: Gatherings and events allowed.

Outdoor: Gatherings and events allowed.

Notes: Events are permitted to take place, and event organizers are responsible for creating social distancing protocol and ensuring they are being adhered to.

(South Carolina Guidelines)

South Dakota

Indoor: Public gatherings allowed.

Outdoor: Public gatherings allowed.

Notes: South Dakota never formally required events or businesses to close.

(South Dakota Guidelines)

Tennessee

Indoor: Maximum 50 people.

Outdoor: Maximum 50 people.

(Tennessee Guidelines)

Texas

Indoor: Gatherings limited to 10 people.

Outdoor: Gatherings limited to 10 people.

Notes: While Texas is limiting gatherings to 10 people, events may take place and operate, if they get approval from either a mayor or county judge.

(Texas Guidelines)

Utah

Indoor: 50 maximum in most cases.

Outdoor: 50 maximum in most cases.

Notes: Utah's re-opening is determined on a county-by-county basis. Depending on the reopening status of a given county, organizers either have to apply to have more than 50 attendees, or there may be no additional restrictions.

(Utah Guidelines)

Vermont

Indoor: 75 people maximum gathering.

Outdoor: 150 people maximum gathering.

Notes: Although Vermont is limiting outside gatherings to 150 and inside gatherings to 75, events may be allowed to exceed those limits provided that they can ensure attendees are placed into distinct, separate groupings that maintain their own socially distanced event group.

(Vermont Guidelines)

Virginia

Indoor: 50% capacity or 250 people max.

Outdoor: 50% capacity or 250 people max.

(Virginia Guidelines)

Washington

Indoor: 50 persons maximum.

Outdoor: 50 persons maximum.

(Washington Guidelines)

West Virginia

Indoor: 25 persons maximum.

Outdoor: 25 persons maximum.

(West Virginia Guidelines)

Wisconsin

Indoor: No explicit restrictions.

Outdoor: No explicit restrictions.

Notes: While Wisconsin is recommending events be cancelled, no explicit restrictions are in place. Stay-at-home restrictions were earlier struck down by the supreme court.

(Wisconsin Guidelines)

Wyoming

Indoor: Maximum 250 people.

Outdoor: Maximum up to 1000 people.

Notes: Most gatherings are limited to 50 people, however exceptions are being made for certain types of events.

(Wyoming Guidelines)

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