California Issues Travel Advisory, Updated Guidance on Gatherings Amid Increased COVID-19 Transmission

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a travel advisory amid increasing COVID-19 incidence in many states and countries. California joined Oregon and Washington in issuing the advisory that discourages non-essential travel. Under the advisory, persons arriving in California from other states and countries, including returning California residents, are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These individuals are expected to limit their interactions to their immediate household. The state’s travel advisory does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for specified essential travel.

Further, the state’s travel advisory recommends Californians stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states and countries. The full CDPH travel advisory is available here. An announcement on the Western States’ action from the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom is available here.

CDPH additionally issued updated guidance providing a plan for Californians to gather outside their household ahead of upcoming holidays. The guidance applies to private gatherings, defined as social situations that bring people together from different households at the same time in a single space or place, and all other gatherings not covered by existing sector guidance remain prohibited.

Under the private gathering guidance, all persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering must comply with CDPH requirements relative to attendance, location, and COVID-19 precautions. Notably, CDPH indicates that gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. Gatherings must be held outdoors in counties assigned to the Purple (Widespread) tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all other tiers. The guidance additionally outlines parameters for individuals in high-risk groups, as well as strong discouragement on certain activities such as singing, chanting, shouting, or cheering.

The full guidance on gatherings is available here.