Events and Gatherings
The University welcomes a return to normal operations and the diverse and vibrant community fueled by in-person engagement. Public-health guidance on campus, governed by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, continues to evolve. The University will continue to monitor aggregate COVID-19 testing data for those who participate in the testing program, as reported in the University dashboard, to ensure a safe return to campus.**
As of June 19, 2021, event planners should consider the following:
Factors Affecting Event Planning
- Physical distancing on campus is no longer a requirement.
- Capacity restrictions are no longer required.
- Restrictions on indoor eating have been lifted by the City.
- Those who are fully vaccinated are only required to wear masks indoors in special circumstances.
- Those who are unvaccinated are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors on campus.
- Event planners should consult the latest public-health guidance on campus.
University Requirements Affecting Event Planning
- Beginning July 1, 2021:
Recommendations for Those Planning Events and Gatherings
- Planning for the future during the pandemic remains a risk.
- Eating remains one of the higher-risk activities for disease transmission, especially indoors.
- For those who are unvaccinated, continuing to practice social distancing while eating is strongly encouraged.
- Outdoor eating, when the weather allows, is a safer option but dining indoors is no longer prohibited.
- Arrange for pre-packaged meals rather than buffets.
- Respect those who continue to wear masks and/or practice additional personal precautions.
- Encourage good hygiene habits, such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and keeping surfaces clean.
- Encourage event attendees to stay at home if sick.
- Members of the University community should continue to use PennOpen Pass to report symptoms and exposures to COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not.
** Safe return to campus is defined as taking active measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, chiefly by testing individuals who do not have a vaccination record in Workday or Point-n-Click, thus helping to ensure that our positivity rate is at or below acceptable levels in consultation with Penn infectious disease, epidemiology, and public-health experts.