Due to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to COVID-19, Oklahoma Living magazine will temporarily suspend publishing of the “Oklahoma Events” section. The section will resume once health concerns have been alleviated. The CDC has provided the information below as of March 15, 2020.
“Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
Public schools in Oklahoma have suspended regular classroom attendance and activities until at least April 6th, per the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Please contact your local school district for additional information on when school attendance and activities may resume in the future. To see the latest updates from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, visit https://sde.ok.gov/.For further guidance on School and Childcare Programs dealing with COVID-19, including “Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs,” please visit https://bit.ly/CDCSchoolGuidance.
This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.”
Source: Centers for Disease Control, March 15, 2020