|Jurisdiction||Mass Gathering Restrictions|
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.
Currently, under Phase 3 of reopening, which began on 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.
Currently, indoor gatherings of up to 100 people may take place in Arkansas without triggering the requirement that gathering-planners submit a plan of operation to a local health department. Larger events at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues including up to 100 participants can be held for up to 66% of a venue's capacity, with approval from the Secretary of Health.
On January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom lifted all stay at home orders throughout California. Prior to this order the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California were under stay at home orders.
California is currently in a regional and county-by-county approach to reopening. As of April 20, 2021:
Colorado is under a county-by-county phased reopening plan as detailed below.
Health Order 20-36, last amended December 7, 2020, eliminates personal capacity caps for houses of worship and other religiously oriented events.
Currently, under Phase 2.1 of reopening, private gatherings at a commercial venue are limited to 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors. Private gatherings at a private residence are limited to 25 people indoors or 100 outdoors. Graduations may host up to 50% of the venue's capacity if indoors, and up to 50% capacity or 100% capacity with six feet social distancing if outdoors. Religious gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to 100% capacity if six feet of physical distancing is possible. Outdoor event venues have 25% of Fire Capacity and distancing. Outdoor organized gatherings, those open to the public, may allow up to 500 attendees if 15 feet of space is available between groups.
For all gatherings, every participant must wear a face mask and must physically distance from others by at least six feet.
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 03.31.21.03.
Gathering restrictions vary by county (island).
Maui County: reduced the size of indoor or outdoor social gatherings from 10 people to 5 people. From Dec. 30, 2020.
Currently, gatherings are limited to 50 or more persons. This prohibition does not extend to gatherings for political or religious expression, as well as those for education and education-adjacent extra-curricular activities.
In Illinois, indoor gatherings of more than one household are prohibited, unless a limited exemption applies. Further, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are equally prohibited.
In Indiana, there are a number of restrictions on large venues, social gatherings, and events based on the color-code of the county:
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.
Currently, indoor gatherings will be limited to 50% or 50 persons (whichever is greater) and outdoor gatherings are limited to 75% or 50 persons (whichever is greater).
From May 24 and onward, indoor gatherings will be limited to 75 percent, and outdoor gatherings 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.
On March 22, 2021, the entered Step 1 of Phase 4 of their reopening plan. This increases the gathering limits for public spaces to 150 people outdoors and 100 people indoors. For private spaces, the limit will remain at 25 outdoors, 10 indoors.
Currently, indoor gatherings are limited at residential venues to more than 15 persons from no more than 3 households while gatherings at non-residential venues are limited to 25 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people at residential venues and 300 non-residential venues.
Currently, indoor social gatherings are limited to 15 people, and the limit on outdoor social gatherings to 50 people.
Additionally, places of worship, funeral homes, and venues that offer space for event such as wedding ceremonies and funeral services must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
Beginning March 31, large events at indoor arenas can expand to 75% capacity and K-12 extracurricular events can expand to 50% capacity.
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 February 15, 2021, the limits on people attending private outdoor gathering were increased to 25 people from 10 people.
On March 5, 2021, an emergency directive was issued allowing venues with a fire code capacity of less than 2,500 people to allow live performances provided:
Since Emergency Order #16 expired on June 15, 2020, there has been no capacity limits for gatherings in New Hampshire.
Currently, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Indoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, religious services, political activities, movie theaters, performing arts centers and concert venues cannot exceed 150 guests or 25% of the room's capacity, whichever is lower.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people, excepting religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services and weddings.
Collegiate athletic practices and competitions that are conducted outdoors are subject to the outdoor gathering limit of 50 persons. Indoors sporting events are limited to 10 people. Stadiums having a capacity of 5,000 or greater may admit up to 15 percent of that maximum capacity for outdoors events, and 10 percent for indoors events.
New Mexico instituted a county-by-county color-coded reopening plan in early Dec. 2020 an added the low risk "turquoise" designation in late Feb. 2021:
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 25 people, residential gatherings are limited to 10, 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. The Micro-Cluster Strategy identifies clusters and the areas around them and categorizes them into one or more color-coded zones with corresponding levels of restrictions based on severity: Red Zones, Orange Zones, and Yellow Zones. New rules and restrictions directly target areas to help control COVID-19 spread and protect hospital capacity.
Gathering restrictions differ across the state depending on whether the area is classified as being in the red, orange or yellow zone. In red-zone areas, all nonresidential and residential gatherings are prohibited. Within the orange zone, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. In the yellow zone, nonresidential gatherings can take place with a maximum of 25 people, while residential gatherings are limited to 10 people.
Regarding the above zone-based gathering capacity limits, New York allows residential outdoor gatherings of up to 25 individuals. Indoor gatherings will stay capped at 10 people. Non-residential gatherings of up to 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors will be permitted.
Further, New York now allows indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement to reopen at 25% capacity.
Effective March 26, 2021, via EO 204, the gathering limit has been increased to 50 people indoors, 100 outdoors.
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.
Under an order issued in April 2020, all public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence and the real estate on which it is located, or an apartment, condominium, or dormitory living unit are prohibited , with exceptions.
In an updated order effective Nov. 17, 2020, the state added that in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:
This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public.
In March 2021, Gov. Stitt announced he is lifting all gathering restrictions in Oklahoma.
EO No. 20-66, effective Dec. 18, 2020, establishes a county-by-county metrics-based approach to controlling COVID-19 transmission, restrictions are therefore dependent upon the county's risk level. Effective April 9:
The state "advises against" household gatherings when attendees include non-household members, but it is not prohibited.
In Rhode Island, only members of a single household can gather in indoor and outdoor public and private social gathering places, including for holiday parties, parties and celebrations. Indoor weddings and other events with licensed catering may have up to 100 people, and outdoor weddings can have up to 200 people. Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly may operate at 75% capacity.
Under EO 20-73, issued Nov. 25, 2020, gatherings are limited to 50% of a locations occupancy limit or 250 persons, whichever is less. Applies to entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, and other types of mass gatherings,
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").
Previously premitted social gatherings up to 50 people.
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, all multi-household social gatherings indoors and outdoors in public and private spaces are prohibited. This includes all public and private gatherings including but not limited to household gatherings, parties, weddings, events, etc.
On March 5, 2021, Gov. Scott announced that fully vaccinated people can gather with other fully vaccinated people without limit. Additionally, vaccinated people in a household can gather with one unvaccinated household.
Currently, all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 50 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited if indoors; the limit for gatherings is 100 persons if outdoors.
This restriction doesn't bar, however, individuals from attending religious services or attending educational instruction with more than 10 people; provided, however, those excepted circumstances are in compliance with certain social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines.
On March 22, 2021, every county will move to Phase 3 of the reopening plan. Under Phase 3, gatherings are allowed with no more than 50 people.
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.
Wyoming has eased the capacity limit for indoor gatherings from 25% or 100 people to 25% or 250 people, while the limit for outdoor gatherings rose from 250 people to 500.
The number of people permitted to gather without social distancing increased from 25 to 50 people and the number of people allowed to sit together at indoor events increased from 8 to 10 on March 1, 2021.
Under the 19th Continuation, and Modification, of Public Health Order #2 (issued Jan. 2 and extended until at least Jan. 25, 2021), gatherings are limited to 10 people. "Gatherings" are any planned or spontaneous event, public or private, bringing together, or likely brining together, more than 10 people in a single room or a single confined space (whether indoor or outdoor) at the same time.
There are a number of exemptions to the gathering limit, including but not limited to: retail businesses, livestock auctions, hotels and motels, government businesses and military facilities, relief facilities, grocery stores, gas stations and truck stops, and healthcare facilities.