Alameda County says at-risk people should avoid crowds, advises event organizers to cancel large gatherings

This image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) — also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 — from a patient in the U.S. Image via NIAID-RML

In a Mar. 10 notice, the Alameda County Public Health Department released information regarding guidance for mass gatherings. It recommends that “persons at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible.” and that “we recommend postponing or canceling non-essential mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another.” Read the full guidance here.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, the City of Piedmont said it is continuing to monitor the public health risk related to the coronavirus, sharing messaging and planning in conjunction with Alameda County. The city recommends residents check the following resources for additional information regarding mass gatherings in relation to the virus:

The CDC is providing interim guidance for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. “A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as concerts, festivals, conferences, worship services, and sporting events.”

California Department of Public Health is releasing daily updates on COVID-19 and has issued specific guidance for mass gatherings.

Contact Piedmont Fire Chief Bret Black with any questions about the city’s preparation. (510) 420-3030

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