CDC recommends events of 50 or more be canceled across the country

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The CDC now recommends events with 50 or more people be canceled or postponed for the next two months. 

This recommended time frame takes us to the week of May 10.

The CDC recommendation affects events such as conferences, parades, concerts, festivals, sporting events — even weddings. It applies to all large events, with 50 or more people expected to attend, planned by an organization or any individual.

"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," the CDC said in its new guidelines.

Many events have already been canceled at the Wells Fargo Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Oaks Expo Center, and casinos in the region.

It's unclear how many more gatherings will be canceled. The CDC says, even with this recommendation, it's ultimately up to local and state officials as to what gets canceled.

For example, in Massachusetts there’s a ban on events with 25 people or more, which is half the CDC recommendation.

Health officials added this particular recommendation doesn’t apply to the daily operation of schools, colleges or businesses, many of which are empty now anyway.

The new guidance underscores just how much life in the United States will change as the country continues to fight the outbreak, and as officials nationwide order more schools, bars and restaurants to close.

"For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning. "We have to just accept that if we want to do what's best for the American public."

There are at least 3,482 coronavirus cases in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C., according to government agencies and the CDC. At least 65 people have died. West Virginia remains the only state without any confirmed cases.

The U.S. can expect more cases and deaths, Fauci said at a White House briefing Saturday, telling reporters: "We have not yet reached our peak."


CNN's Madeline Holcombe and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.