C.D.C. Gives New Guidelines, New York to Close. Restaurants and Schools and Italian Deaths Rise
Published March 15, 2020
Updated March 16, 2020, 12:09 a.m. ET
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No gatherings of 50 or more for now, urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People at Chelsea Market in Manhattan on Sunday. Late on Sunday, the C.D.C. recommended no mass gatherings of 50 people or more in the U.S. for eight weeks.
People at Chelsea Market in Manhattan on Sunday. Late on Sunday, the C.D.C. recommended no mass gatherings of 50 people or more in the U.S. for eight weeks.Credit...Jose A. Alvarado Jr. for The New York Times
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that no gatherings with 50 people or more — including weddings, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events or conferences — be held in the United States for the next eight weeks in one of the federal government’s most sweeping efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The C.D.C. said that its recommendation, which would drastically change life in the United States for the next two months, does not apply to “the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses” and added that it was not intended to supersede the advice of local health officials.
“This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities,” it said, “and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.”
And the C.D.C. urged people to take care with even small gatherings. “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,” its recommendation said. “When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.”
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