To slow down the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks.
On Sunday, in a guidance announcement rolled out by the agency, it said, it’s a warning against large events and huge gatherings that include “festivals, conferences, parades, sporting events, concerts, weddings, and other types of assemblies.”
The agency sent an order to the organizers of these events, stating to cancel or reschedule the gatherings. But, it clearly doesn’t apply to the daily operations of organizations like institutes, schools or businesses.
“This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus,” according to the guidance announcement. “This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.”
Illinois to close bars and restaurants
The CDC notice was introduced as cities and states across the nation moved on Sunday to reduce large gatherings to halt the spread of the virus that has touched around 3,499 people in the States and brought in 63 deaths, according to the latest coronavirus report from Johns Hopkins University.
Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker sent a notice to every bar and restaurant to shut through the end of the March starting on Monday.
“The time for persuasion and public appeals is over,” Pritzker told the media at a conference held on Sunday as revelers of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago was already going in the bars in large gatherings.”This is not a joke. No one is immune to this.”
Illinois has a total of 93 cases confirmed according to the Department of Public Health.
Pritzker mentioned that drive-throughs will be open and also said that he is working with facilities to keep kitchens open so there won’t be any shortage of food and it will be delivered to homes in time.