C.D.C. Calls for Masks at Large Gatherings, Warning of Crowd Risks

Published in the New York Times, June 12, 2020 by Abby Goodnough

In a briefing, officials said the “highest risk”gatherings are those attended by people from outside the local area and where it is hard to stay six feet apart.

Three months after the country’s top public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abruptly stopped holding regular briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, its director, Dr. Robert Redfield, restarted them on Friday amid growing calls for the agency to claim a more prominent role in the virus response.

The C.D.C. also released a new guidance document, “Considerations for Events and Gatherings,” that defines as “highest risk” large gatherings where it is difficult for people to stay at least six feet apart, and where attendees travel from outside the local area.

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