What You Need to Know About Visiting Sacramento During COVID

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What You Need to Know About Visiting Sacramento During COVID

October 20, 2021 | By The Railyards

California's economy reopened in June of 2021, which means that visitors to Sacramento can look forward to attending their favorite seasonal events or dinner at a local eatery. However, while your favorite businesses are open, it's important to know that certain safety requirements are still in place to help combat the spread of COVID. Here's what you should know about visiting Sacramento this fall and winter.

FAQs on Sacramento's COVID Restrictions for Travelers

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are required in all public indoor settings in Sacramento County, regardless of vaccination status.

This includes indoor public settings, venues, and workplaces. For example, masks will be required in locations like:

  • Offices
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Theaters
  • Government offices

Will I be able to go to in-person events?

Local Sacramentans and travelers alike will be able to enjoy in-person events this season. However, there are some safety precautions in place for mega-events. A mega-event is defined as either an indoor event with more than 1,000 attendees OR an outdoor event with more than 10,000 attendees. Additional vaccination and testing requirements will be in place for these events.

For indoor mega-events: A negative COVID test or positive vaccination status will be required. Attendees will be asked to provide proof of either vaccination status or test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours before the event start time.

For outdoor mega-events: A positive vaccination status or negative test result is strongly recommended for attendees.

Event venues should have masks available upon request as well as information about testing and vaccination requirements on all communications.

There are many events available this season, including outdoor events with a lower risk of COVID transmission. Attend an event at local museums like the Crocker or the Aerospace Museum, take the kids for a train ride, and more!

Discover cozy Sacramento holiday events.

Are businesses and restaurants open?

Retail stores, restaurants, and bars are no longer required to have capacity limits. However, you will still need to wear a mask indoors. Some businesses may have additional requirements for visitors. To confirm any COVID-19 safety requirements, it’s best to call the business ahead of time to confirm.

Safety tip: You can find local Sacramento establishments that have pledged to follow the strictest health and safety guidelines easily on the Visit Sacramento website. These businesses are marked with a gold S.A.F.E badge. View the list.

What if I'm traveling from out of state?

California currently has no restrictions for domestic travelers. However, it is recommended that you either wait to travel until you're fully vaccinated or get a COVID test before and after. Furthermore, the state requires individuals to wear a mask on all public transit and in transportation hubs.

The best way to ensure you're up-to-speed on the latest requirements is to reach out to a business or event before visiting. By following mask requirements and other COVID guidelines, we can all enjoy a safe and festive season this year.

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