These are just some of the mandatory guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom regarding family gatherings: 

  • No more than 3 households (including the host’s) may gather.  
  • The host must collect the names and addresses of all attendees. 
  • It is strongly encouraged that gatherings be held outside; however, according to an update on November 13, people may also gather inside as long as fresh air circulation is increased by opening windows and doors. 
  • Attendees may use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized. 
  • Those at a gathering “may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.”  
  • People are allowed to gather in an open park (3 households only), but no concurrent gatherings such as with people they know in the same park.  
  • All seating must be socially distanced.  
  • All food must be served in disposable dishes. 
  • People can only gather for 2 hours maximum.  
  • “Singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged” because “singing, chanting, shouting, and physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”  Those who do participate in these activities should “do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice),” and wear a face covering while engaged in the activity.  
  • Musicians are allowed at gatherings, but they must be from one of the three households. 
  • The playing of any wind instruments is “strongly discouraged.”