SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Gavin Newsom announced that health officials have updated policy on gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Gatherings of 250 people or more should be rescheduled or canceled in California at least through the end of March.
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— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 12, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued sweeping, statewide “guidance” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, asking Californians to postpone all non-essential gatherings through the end of March, including even small social gatherings in places where people can’t remain at least six feet apart.
The California Department of Public Health advisory issued shortly before midnight Wednesday also says gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled, and gatherings of people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people.
The guidance vastly expands local and case-specific responses to the outbreak around California.
California cities have started instituting ever-increasing methods to curtail spread of the virus. San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Clara County, which includes San Jose, banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people.