On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance regarding public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The CDC now 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. 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.
Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. The 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,” according to the CDC statement.
The full correspondence can be found here.