Guide to Safer Social Interactions


If you meet with others, you can reduce your risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.

Think About the Risk of Meeting in Person

Every time you meet with others, you increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19, especially if you aren't vaccinated. Consider the risk to yourself, the people you live with, and the people you will see.

Plan How to See People Safely

Outdoor Activities are Safest

  • Even if you are outside, you should still stay six feet apart.  If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear face coverings if you are around people you don’t live with.

  • Meeting people indoors is much riskier. Open doors and windows to improve air flow. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, wear a face covering and stay six feet from others.

  • Have cleaning supplies ready, so surfaces can be wiped down often.

  • Try to avoid using other people’s bathrooms, if possible.

Plan Activities to Minimize Contact

  • Hang out with as few people as possible. Try to only spend time with the same people.

  • Remember who you meet. If someone in your group feels sick later, no-cost testing is available seven days a week.

  • Avoid sharing food, drinks or utensils. Each person should have their own, if possible.

  • Limit the number of people preparing and serving food. Avoid serving food buffet-style or passing serving dishes around the table.

  • Avoid sharing toys, bats, balls or objects passed back and forth. Bring disinfecting wipes to sanitize anything that might be shared.

  • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting.

View more prevention tips for staying healthy during the pandemic.

The safest way to connect with others is virtually. If you do choose to meet with others in-person, it is safest to keep it outdoors, small and short. Consider keeping a list of people who attended for potential future contact tracing needs


State safety guidelines for social gatherings include:

  • Gathering outdoors ins safer than gathering indoors

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people

  • Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged and are limited to 25% capacity, where capacity limits exist, or 25 people whichever is fewer.

  • People from different households must keep at least six feet of distance from each other

  • Face coverings must be worn the entire time, except when eating or drinking 


If you are fully vaccinated and it’s been two weeks since your last dose, you can:

  • Gather outdoors without wearing a mask or keeping six feet of distance from others

  • Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask

  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

After Your Meeting

Consider Getting Tested

  • People can spread COVID-19 without knowing that they are sick. If you aren't fully vaccinated, protect your family, friends and neighbors by getting tested.

What To Do if Someone You Met Tests Positive for COVID-19

If you aren't fully vaccinated:​

  • We advise people that have been in contact with someone who tests positive to self-isolate at home for 10 days since your last exposure to that person.

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you start to feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and let them know you are a contact to someone who has tested positive for COIVD-19. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the Contra Costa Health Services Advice Nurse at 1-877-661-6230 option 1.

  • People can spread COVID-19 without knowing that they are sick. Protect your family, friends and neighbors by getting tested.​

If you’re fully vaccinated:

  • You do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

  • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home), you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.