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CDC recommends canceling, postponing events of 50 people or more because of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for coronavirus. It said events that include 50 or more people should be canceled for 8 weeks.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that to help curb the spread of COVID-19 people should cancel or postpone in-person events that bring together 50 or more people.

The CDC made the recommendation Sunday and said that event organizers nationwide should follow it for 8 weeks.

In providing the guidance, the CDC pointed out that  large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of coronavirus through travelers who attend them and introduce COVID-19 to new communities. Those types of events include, but are not limited to:

  • Conferences
  • Festivals
  • Parades
  • Concerts
  • Sporting events
  • Weddings

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The CDC said events of any size should be held only if they can be carried out by adhering to the guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

The recommendation did not apply to the day-to-day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. The recommendation was not meant to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

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