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How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

Last Updated: 12/20/2021

There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

Face masks are strongly recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
  • Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
  • Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

Safety Tips For Gatherings

COVID-19 remains a threat, particularly at indoor gatherings with unvaccinated individuals. Follow the safety tips from the CDC and the NJ Department of Health to protect yourself and avoid putting your loved ones at risk.

  • Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19.
  • Already vaccinated? Get a COVID-19 booster.
  • Celebrate with those who are fully vaccinated, outdoors, or in places with good ventilation
  • Wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces and in high-risk settings regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home and do not host a gathering if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.
  • Even if you aren't sick, get tested before visiting people outside of your household as an added precaution. Visit covid19.nj.gov/testing to find a testing location near you or order a free at-home testing kit.
  • Delay travel until fully vaccinated.
  • If traveling during the holidays, visit the new NJDOH Traveler's Health page for safety tips and guidance!
  • Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.

Source: Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 7/29/20; Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 10/15/20; Executive Order No. 239; Executive Order No. 242