What changes on January 15

Beginning January 15, mega-events include indoor events with 500 or more people, and outdoor events with 5,000 or more people.

Read the guidance

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 500 or more people
  • Outdoor events with 5,000 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 500 or more people, attendees age 2 and older must provide proof that they: 

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

Get your digital vaccine record to show you’re fully vaccinated. There are other ways to prove that you’re fully vaccinated. Find all options in the CDPH Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards.

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.

Find a testing location in your area.

Attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result.

Attendees age 18 and older must provide identification at indoor mega-events. Your identification must confirm you are the person:

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

Masks

Everyone must wear a mask at indoor mega-events. Your vaccination status or negative test result does not matter. Learn more about when to wear a mask.  


Outdoor events

For outdoor events with 5,000 or more people, CDPH recommends that venue and event operators require attendees age 2 and older to provide proof that they: 

  • Are fully 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

Everyone must wear a mask at outdoor events when entering indoor areas like:

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

Find complete details about the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Masks.