Planning an outdoor gathering? Here's what you need to know

If you're planning on holding an outdoor event as the weather warms up, here's what to know.

Posted: May 13, 2021 1:53 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 6:46 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With warmer weather ahead and Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many are wondering if social gatherings will look a little more normal than last year.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said we're only 19,000 vaccine doses away from going into lower risk.

"Some significant progress in the last 24 hours in our way to reach the 65% threshold," Davis said.

Under lower risk, social outdoor gatherings can have a maximum of 12 people. Under the current high risk level, the maximum is eight people.

However, for outdoor recreational activities, up to 100 people can gather under extreme risk and up to 15% capacity under high risk. Davis said the reason for this discrepancy is the nature of the activities.

"So in recreation, people are pursuing usually some sort of activity, not conversation. Conversation and breathing but mainly conversation is the central focus of social gatherings," Davis said.

In terms of weddings, Davis said to consult event planners for the best way to follow state protocols.

Caught in the Act Entertainment, an event services company in Eugene, said they are planning for a busy summer in terms of weddings.

"Last year, all but one of my weddings canceled. They all rescheduled to this year," said owner Jared Ritzer. "This year, I had one postponement that's going to wait till 2023. But actually, this summer is supposed to be one of my busiest summers yet."

Wedding ceremony capacity limits may differ depending on the location. For example, a backyard gathering is considered a social at-home gathering while a reception at a church would be considered a faith institution.

Check out all the guidelines HERE.

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