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CDC Recommends Canceling Events with over 50 Attendees for Eight Weeks
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In a release issued on March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that event organizers who are planning events that consist of over 50 attendees postpone or cancel events for the next eight weeks.  The release specifically mentioned conferences, parades, festivals, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other large venues.  Using this time lime and given that the recommended time period is not extended, events could begin operating again around May 10.  It should also be noted that it is always possible that if conditions improve, the recommendation may be lifted. 

From the CDC:

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.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

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.

View the full release on the CDC web site.
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