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

Last Updated: 04/18/2022

There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

In New Jersey, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor and indoor settings.

The Department of Health recommends wearing a face mask whenever you have symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive, were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19, or live in a county with elevated or "high" COVID community levels.

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.
  • Gather with those who are fully vaccinated, outdoors, or in places with good ventilation
  • Wear a mask whenever possible. People may choose to mask at any time. You SHOULD wear a mask if you have COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, exposure to someone with COVID-19, or live in a county with elevated or "high" COVID community levels.
  • 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 you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • If traveling, visit the CDC's travel 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; https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/protect_yourself_and_others_covid.pdf