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Public Health Guidelines for Mass Gatherings

Date: Mar 19 - Mar 22, 2020

Public Health Guidance for Mass Gatherings

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is strongly urging attendees of mass gatherings not to attend if you:

  • are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
  • are over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
  • are immune compromised
  • are ill
  • have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
  • have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  • have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory
  • have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

“These warnings are consistent with CDC and Florida Department of Health Guidelines.” stated Chuck Henry, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.“We all have a role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and modifying personal behaviors protects individuals and our community.”

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

For more information on mass gatherings, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

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