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Posted on: October 27, 2020

MONO COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ISSUES UPDATED ORDER ON GATHERINGS

Updated Order Relaxes General Gathering Restrictions; Maintains Limits on Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions

Dr. Tom Boo, Mono County Public Health Officer, issued an updated Public Health Order relaxing the restrictions placed on gatherings and outdoor wedding receptions.  

The Order aligns with the State’s recently updated guidance on general gatherings, but maintains stricter local guidelines on wedding ceremonies and receptions.  The Order is effective immediately, and violations may be punishable by law.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) defines gatherings as “meetings or other events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space.”

Key Components of Mono County Public Health Order: 

  1. Limited gatherings of persons from different household units are permitted up to 12 persons from a maximum of 3 different households.  Such gatherings shall comply with the State Gathering Guidance issued on October 9, 2020. 
  2. Religious, cultural, and political protest gatherings continue to be permitted with precautions and in compliance with State guidance for those activities. Such constitutionally allowable gatherings are subject to limits defined by the County’s tier status under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  3. Wedding ceremonies shall continue to be restricted to 30 persons, including the wedding party and guests, and are subject to State guidance for weddings and places of worship. Wedding receptions that include more than 3 households or more than 12 persons are prohibited.  Receptions including 3 or fewer households and 12 or fewer persons are allowed, subject to all requirements of the State Gathering Guidance.

“Throughout California we believe that informal gatherings of friends and relatives who don’t live in the same household are helping to drive this epidemic. Distancing is the single most important thing that we all can do to prevent the spread of infections. Face coverings are required throughout California at all times in indoor public settings and outdoors when distancing is not possible. And please keep washing those hands and cleaning those surfaces,” stated Dr. Tom Boo, Mono County Public Health Officer. “Most importantly, please stay home when you are ill and seek testing and care if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. Employers and employees must work together to ensure ill persons stay home from work. Violations are punishable by law.” 

All Mono County residents and visitors are asked to do their part to #StaySafeToStayOpen. This is more than a hashtag – it needs to become a way of life. Continued increases in infection rates or new impacts to Mammoth Hospital will require additional restrictions, which will have harmful economic effects on workers, businesses and the community at large.   

Additional information regarding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is available online or by visiting the Mono County COVID-19 Portal in English or Spanish

Cover. Distance. Wash and #StaySafeToStayOpen!

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