CDC Recommends Cancelling or Postponing Large Gatherings

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On Sunday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more should be postponed or cancelled.

The guidelines stated: “Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

The CDC also recommended that events should be moved to a virtual format, if possible, stating: “Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.”

The statement concluded: “This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.”

These new guidelines come as multiple cities, like Los Angeles and New York City, order the shut down of bars, restaurants and schools.