Guide to Safer Social Interactions


The best way to not get yourself or others sick is to stay home. If you do 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. Consider the risk to yourself, the people you live with, and the people you will see.

  • Older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions are most in danger if they get COVID-19. The safest way to see them is to talk on the phone or online.

Plan How to See People Safely

Outdoor Activities are Safest

  • Outdoors is safer than indoors, but face coverings and social distancing are still important.

  • Gathering indoors is much riskier. If you are indoors, make sure you are in a room with open windows or good ventilation. Try not to touch surfaces inside.

  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces and spaces, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and toilets.

  • 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, the County can help them get tested.

  • 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.

If you do choose to meet with others in-person, keep it outdoors, small and short. State safety guidelines for social gatherings include:

  • Gatherings must take place outdoors and should be 2 hours or less

  • Limit gatherings to three households (up to 25 people max)

  • 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

Consider keeping a list of people who attended for potential future contact tracing needs


After Your Meeting

Consider Getting Tested

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

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

  • We advise people that have been in contact with someone who tests positive to self-isolate at home for 14 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.​