As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world and select states continue reopening, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for mass gatherings.

According to the guidance, staggering arrivals to mass events, holding them outside and limiting access to healthy people are all steps event planners can take to stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

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The guidance said, “In the context of Covid-19, mass gatherings are events that could amplify the transmission of the virus and potentially disrupt the host country’s response capacity. Since mass gatherings have substantial political, cultural, social, and economic implications, authorities should assess the importance and necessity of an event and consider the option that it may take place, provided all associated public health risks are adequately addressed and mitigated.”

The WHO recommended that health authorities work with event organizers to perform risk assessment, and included steps to minimize risk, including:

  • Staggering arrivals
  • Increasing the frequency of transport
  • Designating seating
  • Venue capacity could also be adjusted
  • Events could be held virtually or outdoors

In addition to these measures, the global organization also urged event managers to share guidelines on social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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