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CDC issues guidance on mass gathering events

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 18:35:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The CDC has developed recommended actions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at mass gatherings and large community events.

Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community

  • Plan: A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time.
  • Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to limit exposure to COVID-19.
  • Officials may ask you to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants, and the community.

The details of your emergency operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations, and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer.

During a COVID-19 outbreak

  • Act: During an outbreak in your community, public health officials may provide event organizers with guidance intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Meet regularly with the emergency operations coordinator or planning team at the venue. They are positioned to accurately assess, manage, and communicate possible risks.
  • Early action to slow the spread of COVID-19 will help keep event staff, participants, and the community healthy.

Determine the need to postpone or cancel events

After a COVID-19 outbreak has ended in your community

  • Follow Up.
  • Remember, a COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time.
  • When public health officials determine that the outbreak has ended in your local community, work with them to identify criteria for scaling back COVID-19 prevention actions at your events.
  • Base the criteria on slowing of the outbreak in your local area. If your events were cancelled, work with your venues to reschedule your events.