The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new large events and mass gathering guidelines surrounding the coronavirus, COVID-19.
The federal agency said it recommends for the next eight weeks organizers should cancel or postpone in-person events that involve 50 people or more throughout the United States. That includes conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, etc.
The advisory doesn’t supersede direction from state and local officials.
“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 CDC said. “When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.”
Large groups can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines were made to reduce spreading the virus between communities and slow the outbreak.