Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance
The entire UCLA Community plays a vital role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In order to create a safe environment at UCLA and in the Westwood neighborhoods, it is crucial that fraternity and sorority members follow the guidelines set forth by UCLA, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), and any State guidelines or mandates.
Pursuant to public health orders, the campus is currently closed to the general public. Only people who are engaged in essential campus operations, are attending approved in-person courses, or are receiving care at UCLA hospitals and clinics are permitted. Please visit UCLA COVID-19, Bruin Safe Online and the CDC for more information.
At this time, UCLA has cancelled all on-campus gatherings. Additionally, at this time, UCLA's Greek Councils are not reviewing or registering events.
LA County Department of Public Health Officer Orders
Pursuant to the State and County Health Orders, you must not host any gatherings until the State and County Health Orders are either amended to allow gatherings or are rescinded. Violating the State and County Health Orders
is a crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to 90 days. Each day a party is hosted is a separate offense per Cal. Health & Safety Code § 120295.
Update from August 4, 2020: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a legally binding health officer order that prohibits public gatherings, including parties, during the coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the health and lives of country residents. Read the NBC Article for more information.
Updated July 31, 2020: Reviews no gatherings, requirements for masks, public demonstrations, and the statuses of community resources and businesses.
But I want to see my friends, can't we just hang out? No. Per the LACDPH, individual and family gatherings or parties of any size aren’t allowed. However, vehicle (car) parades are now allowed so that graduations, birthdays and other special days and achievements may be safely celebrated. See the Vehicle-Based Parade Protocol for rules and requirements.
California State public health directives prohibit professional, social and community gatherings. Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space. They pose an especially high danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19.
On May 25, 2020, in an effort to balance First Amendment interests with public health, the State Public Health Officer created an exception to the prohibition against mass gatherings for faith-based services and cultural ceremonies as well as protests. Check the Governor's website for additional information.