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Considerations for Events and Gatherings

Adapted from Tulsa Health Department's "Ways to Stay Safe After Attending an Event."

OSU-Tulsa encourages students, faculty and staff to continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The CDC defines gatherings as planned or spontaneous events, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference, parade, wedding or sporting event. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading. The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:

  • Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events and gatherings.
  • More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city or county).
  • Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
  • Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

After attending a higher or highest risk gathering, OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff should:

  • Be alert for symptoms by watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. You should monitor your temperature at least once a day for 14-days after the gathering.
  • Wear a mask at all times while at work or on campus for 14-days after the event.
  • Schedule a test 5-7 days after attending a high or higher risk gathering by contacting the Student/Occupational Health Nurse at 918-281-2755 or