Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a mass gathering as 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 a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) website on Mass Gatherings and the CDC website, Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings, offer guidance for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States.
Social distancing measures are taken to restrict how people should gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include, but are not limited to, limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings,
and canceling events.
COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory disease and there is more to learn about its transmission, clinical course, and populations at increased risk of disease and complications (see How COVID-19 Spreads). Everyone can do their part to help plan, prepare, and respond to this emerging public health threat.
Please understand everyone plays a part in lowering the impact within our communities and workplaces by taking every day preventative actions helps to impede the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
World Health Organization's (WHO) Protection measures for everyone:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
The The Florida Department of Health's COVID-19 webpage, remains one of the best and most up-to-date resources for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. The website also links to Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, which is an interactive overview for the state.
FDOH has a COVID-19 Call Center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for questions about this virus. Anyone with questions may call (866) 779-6121 or email COVID-19@FLHealth.gov.
additional information from the CDC pertaining to Mass Gatherings, please view their Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
or visit their website About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
to learn more.