NYS released additional guidance for large catered events that take effect on March 15
New York state has released additional “New York Forward” interim guidance for weddings and similar catered events.
The Erie County Department of Health and its Division of Environmental Health created a web-based form for venues hosting weddings and other large catered events. Facilities can use this form to share event information with ECDOH at least five days prior to the event, as required by the “New York Forward” guidance.
There will be a system in place for event venues and responsible parties to verify their information has been received and reviewed. Separate form submissions are required for each event.
ECDOH public health sanitarians will contact venues, starting with the larger venues in Erie County, to review site plans and on-site safety measures, and answer questions in advance of March 15. Those reviews will continue through the spring. Facilities that would like to schedule a public health sanitarian on-site visit in advance of scheduled events can call 716-961-6800.
The “New York Forward” interim guidance includes extensive requirements for physical distancing, screening testing for event attendees and employees, contact tracing and face mask use. ECDOH said facilities are encouraged to carefully review the guidance and take steps to educate staff and event coordinators on their roles in following these requirements. ECDOH is ready to work with these facilities to ensure the health and safety of their guests and employees.
•ECDOH, large gathering event notification form: www.erie.gov/health/eventnotice