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Can schools hold proms?

Last Updated: 05/03/2021

Yes. Private catered events, such as proms, may be held so long as they adhere to the limits on gatherings and other safety requirements that are in effect on the day of the event.

Indoor private catered events are currently capped at 35 percent of the room's indoor capacity, but no more than 150 individuals. In addition, dance floors at all venues are closed due to the high-risk of spreading COVID-19 in these spaces, where many individuals may be in close contact with one another.

On Friday, May 7, New Jersey plans to increase the limit for indoor catered events to 50 percent capacity, but no more than 250 individuals. In addition, the State plans to allow dance floors at private catered events to reopen, with masking and social distancing requirements in place, meaning groups would have to stay six feet apart on the dance floor.

If there is no unexpected surge in COVID-19 numbers, on Wednesday, May 19, indoor catered events may be held at 100 percent of a room's capacity, but no more than 250 individuals. Individuals or groups of people must remain six feet apart.

Dance floors will remain closed at bars and other related businesses, such as night clubs.

In addition to complying with the gatherings limits outlined above, any establishments that serve food, including banquet halls and wedding venues, must also comply with the health and safety protocols for indoor and outdoor dining, including that people eat and drink while seated and wear face coverings at all other times.

Source: https://www.nj.gov/education/covid19/boardops/commencement.shtml; https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562021/approved/20210426a.shtml