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Just before 9 p.m. Sunday evening, March 15, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an immediate social distancing guidance recommendation that “for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

That recommendation, to cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more, includes weddings and funerals. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is reinforcing that recommendation, asking that Coloradans obey this directive.

“Over the weekend, it was really encouraging to learn about the creative ways our community is practicing social distancing,” said Chaffee County Director of Public Health Andrea Carlstrom. “Public Health is working on a document with suggestions on activities while practicing social distancing. While I know we are taking what feels like drastic measures, I know that the more cautious we are, the slower COVID-19 transmission will take place.”

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website.

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