Business and Event Guidance

Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Linn County it is vital that public health measures are implemented for the safety of all residents.  There are COVID-19 variants surfacing in the United States including Iowa and much is still unknown about the effects of such variants. It is important to remember that even after someone has received the COVID-19 vaccine it is still unknown if they can carry the virus after an exposure and infect others. Vigilance remains a priority to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:

  • Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events and gatherings.
  • More risk (10): Smaller outdoor gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings,  and do not share objects.
  • Higher risk (25-50): Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are organized/laid out to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and some people wear cloth face coverings.
  • Highest risk (100+): Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, no one wears a face covering. 

Regardless of the venue or type of event, you should be prepared to do the following:

  • Attendees and staff should stay home when sick
  • Unvaccinated attendees and staff should wear masks unless actively eating or drinking 
  • Encourage social distancing between all persons not of the same household 
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face

If you are considering hosting an event during 2021, it is important to make preparations before the event to promote and ensure healthy behaviors, environments, and operations that reduce the spread of COVID-19. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Considerations for Events and Gatherings guidance for planning an event or gathering. 

The CDC also has an Events and Gatherings: Readiness and Planning Tool that will provide guidance for your event or gathering. 

As an event planner or host, you are assuming responsibility for your event or gathering. Any complaints that are received about your event not following social distancing and mask wearing recommendations will be directed back to the event planner or host.