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Under Alabama's "Safer at Home" order, issued May 11, 2020, non-work gatherings of all sizes are permitted if six feet of distance can be maintained between participants.


As of May 22, 2020, large gatherings are permitted in Alaska with strict social-distancing and hygiene practices.


On March 25, 2021, Gov. Ducey issues EO 2021-06, which allows for events of over 50 people without government approval.


Effective February 26th, 2021, the Directive for Indoor Venues is now guidance and events are not required to submit plans to ADH for review. However, events are strongly encouraged to continue to follow the Guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


On August 18, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued an order requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for all indoor events with more than 1,000 people.


Beginning December 1, 2021, all attendees ages 12 and older of indoor events with more than 500 people must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For indoor events held in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson, and the city and county of Denver and the city and county of Broomfield all event attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, negative Covid-19 test may not be used.


Currently, Connecticut's COVID-19 restrictions have been largely eliminated, but you're advised to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone, whether in a large group or not.


Currently, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or 50% of a building's capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 150 people. Outdoor gatherings larger than 150 people require approval from the Division of Public Health.

Religious and political gatherings are limited to the lesser of 30% of a venue’s capacity or 50 people.


Currently, there are no restrictions on crowd size or mass gathering limitations under Phase 3, beginning Sept. 25, 2020.


Effective April 8, 2021, there is no longer a ban on gatherings, after the signing of EO


Executive Order 21-08, issued on Nov. 2, 2021 regarding Statewide Limits for Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Bars, Social Establishments, and Gyms will end on Dec. 1, 2021. The counties will implement appropriate measures for social gatherings, restaurant operations, social establishments and other venues within their own counties.


In Idaho, there is no statewide prohibition on gatherings of any size, nor is there a statewide, state-instituted suggestion for gatherings size.


In Illinois, in Phase 5, there are no restrictions on mass gatherings.


In Indiana, there are a number of restrictions on large venues, social gatherings, and events based on the color-code of the county:

  • Red counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 25 individuals per gathering;

  • Orange counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 50 individuals per gathering;

  • Yellow counties (41 of 92) may allow no more than 100 individuals per gathering; and,

  • Blue counties (51 of 92) may allow no more than 250 individuals per gathering.


Currently, there are no limits on gathering sizes in Iowa if proper social distancing measures are in place.


Currently, there are no statewide mass gathering restrictions in Kansas.


Kentucky has no mass gatherings restrictions in place. Per a United States District Court's ruling, Kentucky's previous mass gatherings restrictions were unconstitutional. The constitutionality of Kentucky's gathering restrictions is currently on appeal in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Currently, crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than a maximum of 500 people in any single indoor space at the same time. Crowd sizes are limited to no more than 50% capacity as set by the State Fire Marshal any single outdoor space where individuals will be in close proximity to one another and unable to maintain strict social distancing of six feet apart from individuals who are not immediate household members. This crowd size limitation shall not apply to those businesses deemed essential as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or religious services held by churches and other faith-based organizations. All fairs and festivals shall submit a plan for approval to the State Fire Marshal.


Starting May 24, indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 100 percent.


There are currently no mandatory mass gathering restrictions in Maryland. However, the Maryland Department of Health recommends that all Marylanders should refrain from attending either public or private indoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals at one location and should practice physical distancing to the extent possible.


Starting May 29, there are no capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings.


Currently, there are no longer any capacity limits for indoor and outdoor residential gatherings.


On May 28, Minnesota lifted all Covid-19 restrictions in accordance with CDC guidance.


Effective April 30 all mass gathering restrictions are lifted.


Currently, Missouri has no mass gathering restrictions in place.


Montana has no mandatory restrictions in place for mass gatherings. However, Montana does recommend that "public gatherings or events [be] managed in a way that accommodates CDC social distancing guidelines."


Currently, in the Green phase, gatherings (any event that brings together more than 10 people) at outdoor or indoor events can resume at full capacity. Social distancing is recommended but not required.


On November 30, 2021, Governor Sisolak issued an order that requires all event attendees ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated. Event attendees who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings even if they are not required to do so in other settings.

New Hampshire

Since Emergency Order #16 expired on June 15, 2020, there has been no capacity limits for gatherings in New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Currently, there is no capacity limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

New Mexico

On July 1, 2021, New Mexico ended its county-by-county color coded reopening plan and removed all Covid-19 restrictions.

New York

New York has lifted several restrictions on gatherings in many areas in New York State. Specifically, those areas no longer under so-called yellow zone restriction include portions of central and western New York and the southern border. Yellow zones remain in two areas of the Bronx, one in Queens, one in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and one in Newburgh on the Hudson River, Cuomo said. In those spots, nonresidential gatherings are restricted to 500 people, residential gatherings are limited to 50, houses of worship can operate at 50% capacity and indoor and outdoor dining are restricted.

New York's Department of Health has had the authority to impose specific health restrictions based upon clusters of COVID-19 cases in an area. Yet, generally, nonresidential-social gatherings can take place with a maximum of 250 people, while indoors residential gatherings are limited to 50 people, and outdoors residential gatherings may reach up to 500 attendees.

Commercial social events can exceed the 500-person outdoor and 250-person indoor limits if everyone has proof of vaccination or a recent negative test and social distancing is possible. The state lifts its mask mandate for vaccinated people, aligning with CDC guidance.

North Carolina

On May 14, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 215 which lifted all occupancy and social distancing requirements.

North Dakota

There is no blanket ban on mass gatherings in North Dakota. However, there are a number of restrictions on events in banquet halls, ballrooms, and other large event venues. Gatherings cannot exceed 50% of a venue's maximum occupancy and must also abide by new capacity restrictions that have been tiered according to the size of the facility. Further, many social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines apply.


April 2021 consolidated order says "individuals must avoid gathering in groups and attempt at all times to maintain social distancing. When gathered together, individuals should be in groups of no more than ten individuals that is separated from other groups by at least six feet."


In March 2021, Gov. Stitt announced he is lifting all gathering restrictions in Oklahoma.


Starting June 30, 2021, there are no longer any mass gathering restrictions. Under EO No. 21-15, the county-by-county metrics-based approach has also ended.


The state "advises against" household gatherings when attendees include non-household members, but it is not prohibited.

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, there are no mass gathering restrictions.

South Carolina

EO 2021-12, of March 5, 2021, "encourages" venues to follow guidelines such as a 50% capacity limit. But this is not a requirement or mandate.

South Dakota

Currently, gatherings of any size are permitted in South Dakota, as long as social distancing is practiced (a number of social distancing and hygiene-related recommendations for individual's in South Dakota's "Back to Normal Plan").


The Tennessee Pledge business guidelines issued at the start of COVID-19 have been officially retired as of Apr. 27, 2021.


Effective March 10, 2021, all operating and occupancy restrictions are lifted.


After a previous order expired on Nov. 24, 2020, there are no limits on gathering sizes in Utah, but event organizers must abide by certain safety protocols.

An event host of a social gathering shall complete and implement the Event Management Template provided by the Department and require each individual attending the social gathering to wear a face mask.


In Vermont, there are currently not any restrictions on mass gatherings.


In Virginia, there are no mass gatherings restrictions or prohibitions.


Currently, there are no mass gatherings restrictions in Washington.

West Virginia

Effective April 19, 2021, the public gathering limit has been removed.


Since Emergency Order #3 expired on Nov. 6, 2020, residents are strongly encouraged, but not required, to avoid gatherings with anyone outside of their household and follow physical distancing.


Effective Mar. 16, 2021, Wyoming removes of limitations on personal gatherings and outdoor events.