Guide to Safer Social Interactions

Think About the Risk of Meeting in Person

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

  • Asking about vaccine status: It is okay to ask people you’re planning on spending time with if they’re vaccinated. Knowing others’ vaccine status can help you adjust your activities to lower risk, such as spending time outside or wearing masks indoors.

Plan How to See People Safely

You can take steps to lower the risk of getting sick, including getting vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask if you are socializing in an indoor public setting, such as a restaurant, bar or movie theater

  • Outdoor activities are safer than indoor ones

  • Smaller gatherings are safer than larger ones, especially if participants are not fully vaccinated

  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live with you and consider getting tested 5-7 days after your meeting

  • For more information, see the CDC’s guide to safer social interactions.

After Your Meeting

Consider Getting Tested if You Aren't Fully Vaccinated

  • 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.