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How can people safely get together?
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
- Build your personal COVID-19 plan.
- Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19. They can safely be taken at the same time.
- Already vaccinated? Get a COVID-19 booster.
- Gather outdoors, when possible, or in places with good ventilation
- Consider wearing a mask in crowds or other high risk settings or if you are at high-risk and COVID-19 community levels are medium. You should wear a mask if you have COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, exposure to someone with COVID-19, or are in a county with elevated or "high" COVID community levels.
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.
- Take everyday precautions like handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you think you are sick.
- Consider testing before visiting others, especially those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Visit covid19.nj.gov/testing to find a testing location near you.
- 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.
When Hosting a Gathering
- Make hand sanitizer available for guests.
- Consider opening a window or keeping your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system turned on to improve air flow.
- Make single-use hand towels for hand-drying available to avoid sharing a towel.
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