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:
    • A green PennOpen Pass is not required for University building entry although individual buildings, schools, and centers may have other criteria for entrance.
    • Visitors are welcome on campus.
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors.

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.