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CDC Recommends 8-Week Mass Gathering Ban In US

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The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) is recommending an eight-week ban on gatherings of more than 50 people throughout the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC said that 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 populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual,” the CDC said.

The CDC said 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,” the CDC said, adding, “This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.”


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