The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday said that all gatherings — including weddings, religious services, and concerts — should be canceled as the US battles the coronavirus pandemic.
"Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies," the CDC said.
The cancellations should happen for the next eight weeks, the CDC said.
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The recommendation doesn't apply to the daily "operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses."
The recommendation could have widespread implications. "These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals," the CDC said, which captures parties, family events, religious assemblies, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, and much more.
Interestingly, the US Senate is set to convene on Monday.
Some models suggest the coronavirus could spread to millions in the US. Public health officials have said social distancing is one of the best ways to stop transmission, especially since people can spread the disease even if they don't show symptoms.
Already across the nation, cities and states are prohibiting large and social gatherings to prevent the spread of the disease.
In New Orleans, police cleared out Bourbon Street, a huge tourist attraction, after the city banned large gatherings. These are just a small few of the restrictions in place across the country:
In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said all bars and restaurants in the state would be closing.
In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants to close between March 16 and March 30.
In New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down the school system, which counts about 1.1 million students. And Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he is "limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close."
And in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked everyone in the state over the age of 65 to isolate themselves. He also said bars, wineries, and nightclubs will close. Restaurants could stay open with measures to reduce capacity.
The CDC's recommendation doesn't overrule any measures local officials have put in place.
"Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors," de Blasio said Sunday.