What You Need to Know About Gatherings During COVID-19

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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP,  Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has consistently advised you to wear masks, stay six feet apart and avoid gatherings if not with household members. But what does a gathering consist of? Are we allowed to gather with people that live inside our house? And what about family that lives elsewhere?

According to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, members of the same household ARE permitted to gather both indoors and outdoors. A household is defined as people who live together under the same roof, whether it be family, friends, or roommates. A household only changes when a member permanently moves out, not on a day to day basis.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department prohibits any gathering of people from different households. A gathering is anytime people get together in any place and for any reason, such as to eat, shop, work, meet, play, or pray. This includes hosting visitors in your home, having sleepovers or play dates, backyard barbecuing with friends, shopping with others, visiting with family or friends not from your household, and going to work in a non-essential capacity. It is important to understand that any in-person gathering of those not in your household is considered non-essential, and is not permitted at this time, whether it is inside or outside.

Again, the only people that are legally permitted to gather are those who live with you on a day to day basis.

These guidelines from the County Public Health Department are not merely suggestions, but legal requirements that must be followed. Please remember to social distance and wear masks in public, when you are around others, and while at essential locations, such as the grocery store or pharmacy. Following these guidelines will help us all stay safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

However, there are still fun ways to hang out at home and stay connected to others! You can eat dinner at home, play in your yard, have a family game night or movie marathon, go for a drive, go on a family hike, walk the dog, video chat friends and family, or go to the beach (at a social distance from others).

To learn more about what the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is doing to serve and protect our community through the coronavirus, visit: www.publichealthsbc.org.


Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP is  a graduate of Justus-Liebig-University Medical School Giessen, Germany. He completed Residency training in Munich, Germany and Tucson, AZ and is board certified in Family Practice (Germany) and Internal Medicine (USA). Dr. Ansorg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the Medical Staff at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He has many years of experience in different clinical settings including 10 years of Private Practice and Urgent Care in Munich, Germany as well as 11 years of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics in Arizona as well as 4 years at the Santa Barbara County Health Care Center. Dr. Ansorg has served as Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County since April 2019.

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ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 04:12 PM
What You Need to Know About Gatherings During COVID-19

LETMEGO: Yup. 7.0 buys you a spot in the purple tier. Today's case rate is 16.7, and the 7-day average is 9.0. I think you and I have similar numbers, but here are my daily 7-day averages starting Monday of this week thru today: 7.5, 7.6, 7.8, 7.8, 9.0. Because of the 7-day lag + 7-day average, it will take about another week before these numbers hit the dashboard, but I'm providing these numbers in case people want a glimpse into the future. These are unadjusted numbers, so testing rate will have some impact if they choose to adjust us down a little. Also, they give the county a grace period to see if the numbers come down before they pull the trigger and send us into purple.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 05:55 PM
What You Need to Know About Gatherings During COVID-19

Seriously! $350/plate dinner with 12 other people (more than 10 is a no-no) from several different households. At least Pelosi stays inside with her $10,000 a piece twin deep freezes stocked with $20/pint ice cream.

a-1605503081 Nov 15, 2020 09:04 PM
What You Need to Know About Gatherings During COVID-19

It was scrapped, I think it was made a pick-up meal dinner. McCarthy changed Repubs' dinner too.
I'd cite news sources if I didn't think you'd mock them. Guess I'll include them anyway.
I searched "pelosi freshmen congress dinner"

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/pelosi-scraps-in-person-dinner-with-new-democrat-members-of-congress-after-photo-sparks-backlash-during-covid

"Earlier Sunday, Republicans were moving ahead with the dinner following Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying Saturday morning his team would discuss their plans for the dinner after Hill Democrats changed their own plans. But less than an hour after the Republican dinner was set to begin Sunday evening, 45 tables were set for two in an empty Statuary Hall."
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-gop-modifies-their-dinner-for-freshman-members-after-democrats-altered-theirs-amid-coronavirus-concerns/ar-BB1b0atQ?scrlybrkr=082d5c6b

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-gop-modifies-their-dinner-for-freshman-members-after-democrats-altered-theirs-amid-coronavirus-concerns/ar-BB1b0atQ?scrlybrkr=082d5c6b

Both parties blew it:
"A group of incoming House Republican freshmen visited the White House Friday night, according to multiple postings CNN has spotted on social media. Among the members-elect were QAnon-promoter Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, who won the former seat of White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
The members-elect, who were not wearing masks in most of the photos, got a tour of the White House but did not meet with President Donald Trump, according to an administration official with knowledge of the President's schedule.
Politico first reported the visit, and said it was spearheaded by McCarthy. His office declined to give a comment to CNN about the visit."

LooseCannon Nov 13, 2020 06:09 PM
What You Need to Know About Gatherings During COVID-19

* It's OK, though, to gather at posh restaurants like The French Laundry and send your kids to private school where they enjoy in-person instruction.

One set of rules for the rich. Another set of rules for the plebs.

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