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CDC recommends postponing events of more than 50 people for 8 weeks

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Posted at 7:56 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 20:23:09-04

(WTXL) — The Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that gatherings and events of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed throughout the United States.

Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies.

According to the CDC, events of any size should only be continued if they can be done while following guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

Health officials say 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. When possible, the CDC says organizers should modify events to be virtual.

The CDC's recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

The CDC says its making the recommendation 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 meant to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

For more information from the CDC, click here.

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