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As conferences throughout California have been canceled and sports teams face the possibility of playing for empty arenas, the California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for how event organizers should handle mass gatherings amid the growing number of coronavirus cases.
The guidelines were issued over the weekend, one day after the South by Southwest festival in Austin was canceled and a day before tens of thousands gathered for the Los Angeles Marathon.
Despite the spread of coronavirus exposure across the state, which has confirmed more than 100 cases, the protocols do not explicitly instruct organizers to cancel any events.
If a gathering takes place where coronavirus cases have been confirmed, the onus has been on individual participants to refrain from attending if they’re sick, have traveled to a country with an outbreak in the last 14 days or are vulnerable to illness.