Social Gathering

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk that social gatherings present for the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Newark community, Council passed Emergency Ordinance No. 20-06 on August 24, 2020. Emergency Ordinance No. 20-06 limits the number of attendees at private residences. Specifically, all indoor social gatherings at private residences can have no more than 12 people in attendance, including those living at the residence; all outdoor social gatherings at private residences can have no more than 20 people in attendance, including those living at the residence. The total cap for a hybrid social gathering event (indoor and outdoor) without a permit is set at 20 people and only 12 of the event attendees can be indoor at a time. Children under the age of 16 shall not be included in the total number of attendees for all types of events. Please note that those who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 should not attend any gathering until cleared by the State of Delaware Division of Public Health.

City of Newark residents have the opportunity to apply for a permit to host a private gathering that exceeds the maximum number of attendees outlined in the ordinance. Permits will be approved by the City Manager’s Office on a case by case basis depending upon square footage of the residence and the ability to observe social distancing guidelines in place.

Download and complete the permit here (Right click, and Save link as...)

Completed applications may be returned using one of the following methods:

Via email: socialgathering@newark.de.us

Via mail: City of Newark

City Manager’s Office

220 South Main Street

Newark, DE 19711

In person: Please hand-deliver permit applications and supporting documents to the Code Enforcement Division at City Hall (address is the same as above). The Customer Service Representative taking your application will deliver it to the City Manager’s Office for review.