CDC Calls For Events of 50+ To Cancel For 8 Weeks

As recommended by 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.

DC-INFO is now open 24/7 for questions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please note, CDC-INFO is experiencing a very high number of calls and emails. Wait times for inquiries on all topics are longer than usual.

NOTE: If you submitted an inquiry between the dates of February 29 and March 3, 2020: 
Due to extremely high volume, many general public inquiries submitted via the webform between February 29 and March 3, 2020, will not receive a reply from CDC-INFO. 
If you submitted an inquiry within this time period and you still need a response, please resubmit your inquiry through the webform or call CDC-INFO. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience as we work to respond to incoming inquiries as quickly as possible.

If you are a healthcare provider and your inquiry is urgent, please call instead of sending through the form.
If your inquiry is about COVID-19 and upcoming travel, please call instead of sending through the form.

If you have general questions about COVID-19, please consider visiting CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 page instead. On our website, you can find the most up-to-date information on the outbreak and get the latest answers to frequently asked questions. You can also visit the CDC website for answers to questions on other health topics.

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