FAQS FOR EVENT
Information for Event Planners and Individuals
Planning and Preparedness
What action should I take to plan an outbreak?
Creating an emergency plan for mass gatherings and large community events, such as concerts and sporting events, can help protect your staff, attendees, and the local community. This planning should include:

● Encouraging staff and attendees to stay home if sick.
● Developing flexible refund policies for attendees.
● Providing supplies for attendees and staff that can be used to help prevent the spread of germs.
● Consulting local public health officials about your event.
What actions can staff and attendees take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Encourage staff and attendees to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19. This includes:

● Cleaning your hands often.
● Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
● Staying home when you are sick.
● Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
What are things to consider when determining if an event needs to be postponed or canceled?
Consult with local public health officials and continually assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees (if possible) at an event or gathering. When determining if you should postpone or cancel a large gathering or event, consider the:

● The overall number of attendees or crowd size.
● The number of attendees who are at higher risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19. This includes older adults and people with underlying health problems such as lung or heart disease and diabetes.
● How close together attendees will be at the event.
● Potential ways to minimize the economic impact on attendees, staff, and the local community.
● Amount of spread in the local community and the communities from where your attendees are likely to travel.
● Needs and capacity of the local community to host or participate in your event.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community
Do I need to cancel an event if there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community?


If there is the minimal or moderate spread of COVID-19 in the community, It is recommended canceling an:

● The event is likely to have 10 or more people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness. This includes older adults and people with underlying health problems such as lung or heart disease and diabetes.
If there is a substantial spread of COVID-19 in the community, It is recommended canceling events of any size. See guidance for definitions of minimal, moderate, and substantial spread.
Confirmed case of COVID-19 at an event
What steps should I take if an attendee or staff person develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at the event?

If a staff member or attendee becomes sick at your event, separate them from others as soon as possible and until they can go home. Provide them with clean, disposable facemasks to wear, if available. If not available, provide them with a tissue or other way to cover their coughs and sneezes. If needed, contact emergency services for those who need emergency care. Public transportation shared rides, and taxis should be avoided for sick persons. Be sure to contact local public health officials regarding the possible case of COVID-19 at your event and how to communicate with staff and attendees about possible exposure to the virus. Read more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 if someone is sick.
Event cancellations
What is recommended: Cancel or postpone an event?

If there is the minimal or moderate spread of COVID-19 in the community, It is recommended canceling an:

● The event includes 250 people or more.

● The event is likely to have 10 or more people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness. This includes older adults and people with underlying health problems such as lung or heart disease and diabetes.

If there is a substantial spread of COVID-19 in the community, It is recommended canceling events of any size.