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CDC Issues New Advisory Further Limiting Gatherings, Events

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a press conference on recent developments with the coronavirus with other members of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force at the Health and Human Services headquarters on February 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Li Wenliang, the 33-year-old ophthalmologist based in Wuhan who was detained by the Chinese Government after raising early warnings about the virus, died on Friday from the virus. Other task force members joining Secretary Azar on stage are (L-R) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, State Department Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun, Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, and Department of Transportation Acting Under Secretary for Policy Joel Szabat.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its directives on gathering and events on Sunday, further limiting the recommended size of assemblies of multiple people to just 50 people and setting a time period for such limits to the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The recommendation, the CDC notes, does not apply to day-to-day operations of organizations such as schools or businesses. Gatherings involving higher-risk individuals, the elderly and people with pre-existing heart and lung conditions, should be canceled, officials recommend.

“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,” the updated advisory reads.

“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,” the CDC announced Sunday.

“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,” the advisory states. “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,” the notice explains. “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.”

Below are excerpts from the CDC’s updated advisory on mass gatherings and public events with hyperlinks to additional CDC notices and documents:

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.

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. […]

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

This interim guidance is intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event. Guidance specific to schools and childcare settings, institutions of higher education, and community- and faith-based organizations can be found on CDC’s website focused on prevention COVID-19 spread in communities. […]

At a minimal-to-moderate level of community transmission, it is recommended to:

Cancel community-wide mass gatherings (for example, >250 people; the cutoff threshold is at the discretion of community leadership based on the current circumstances the community is facing and the nature of the eventpdf icon) or move to smaller groupings.

Cancel gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations.

 

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