Guidance on Public Gatherings and Meetings
During the H1N1 Flu Pandemic, CDC developed the "Interim Guidance for Public Gatherings in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1)" to provide interim guidance for State, local, Territorial and Tribal officials in developing recommendations for large gatherings in their communities, such as college and university commencements, social and cultural celebrations, and meetings/conferences. As outlined in this guidance, decisions regarding large meetings and public gatherings should be made based on local influenza activity, evolving information about severity of illness from this virus, and identification of high risk groups, and other local considerations.
While the H1N1 Flu Pandemic has been officially declared as over, the H1N1 Flu and other influenza strains continue to circulate, as well as the common cold and other illnesses that are spread human-to-human. This guidance is also applicable to situations where there are community outbreaks of flu and other contagious illnesses that need to be contained.