Many major events closed or cancelled across our state and region
By Miriam Raftery
March 13, 2020 (San Diego) – In response to the fast-spreading COVID-19 outbreak, effective immediately, the state of California and San Diego County have ordered that from today through March 31st: Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.
- all gatherings of over 250 people be cancelled or postponed, including concerts, conferences, and sporting events;
- Smaller events of 10 may be held only if social distancing space of 6 feet between people can be provided;
- Gatherings of people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while following social distancing guidelines. This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes and support groups for people with health conditions.
- Visitors should be restricted at medical facilities with people at high risk of COVID-19 complications, such as nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospitals providing acute in-patient care.
The ban on gatherings generally does not apply to workplaces, shopping malls, grocery stores, or emergency shelters such as those for the homeless.
View: Governor Gavin Newsom’s message, Calif. Dept. of Public Health directive, County press release, County health office order, World Health Organization director’s statement on pandemic