California has requirements and recommendations for mega-events to reduce COVID-19 transmission. 

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What mega-events are

Mega-events are:

  • Indoor events with 1,000 or more people
  • Outdoor events with 10,000 or more people

This includes events like:

  • Conventions, conferences, and expos
  • Concerts, shows, and nightclubs
  • Sporting events
  • Live events and entertainment
  • Fairs, festivals, and parades
  • Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks
  • Large private events or gatherings
  • Large races, marathons, and endurance events
  • Car shows

Find complete details in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) mega-events guidance.


Indoor events

For indoor events with 1,000 or more people, CDPH strongly recommends that venue and event operators require attendees age 2 and older to provide proof that they: 

  • Are vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test.

CDPH recommends using the Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards to verify vaccination status.

If you provide test results for entry, the test must have been conducted in the last:

  • 1 day for an antigen test, or
  • 2 days for a PCR test.

CDPH does not recommend using self-attestation to verify vaccination status or negative test results.

CDPH recommends that operators require attendees age 18 and older to provide identification. You may be asked to show identification that confirms you are the person:

  • Presenting proof of vaccination status or negative test result, and
  • Entering the venue.

Masks

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone indoors.

CDPH recommends wearing a mask with a good fit and filtration. This includes surgical masks and respirators like N95s, KN95s, and KF94s. Learn how to get the best fit and filtration from your mask.


Outdoor events

For outdoor events with 10,000 or more people, CDPH recommends that venue and event operators require attendees age 2 and older to provide proof that they: 

  • Are vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test.

CDPH recommends using the Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards to verify vaccination status.

If you provide test results for entry, the test must have been conducted in the last:

  • 1 day for an antigen test, or
  • 2 days for a PCR test.

CDPH does not recommend using self-attestation to verify vaccination status or negative test results.

CDPH recommends that operators require attendees age 18 and older to provide identification at outdoor mega-events. You may be asked to show identification that confirms you are the person:

  • Presenting proof of vaccination status or negative test result, and
  • Entering the venue.

Masks

People do not need to wear masks when outdoors.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone when entering indoor areas like:

  • Restrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Concourses
  • Concession stands

CDPH recommends wearing a mask with a good fit and filtration. This includes surgical masks and respirators like N95s, KN95s, and KF94s. Learn how to get the best fit and filtration from your mask.


Organizing safe events

The CDPH Safe and SMART Events Playbook has best practices and recommendations for producing safe events. Review it if you’re organizing events and gatherings like:

  • Weddings
  • Graduations
  • Sports games
  • Music festivals
  • Conventions
  • Marathons
  • Concerts
  • Fairs