CDC: Large gatherings are high risk, more guidelines to come if cases sharply increase

Persons observe social distancing as they wait in line at a walk up COVID-19 test site in front of American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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UPDATED 2:00 PM PT — Friday, June 12, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned it may have to reissue strict social distancing measures if there’s a spike in coronavirus cases.

After releasing new COVID guidelines on Friday, health officials said people should continue to take precautions when participating in large gatherings, since the pandemic is not over.

Their warnings came after people across the U.S. began participating in protests following the death of George Floyd. CDC data has shown COVID-19 has a higher chance of spreading in groups where many people are close together and interacting for an extended period of time.

Protesters march up Fiffth Avenue as part of a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, and to highlight police brutality nationwide, Friday, June 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

According to officials, citizens should continue to social distance and wear face masks as much as possible in order to avoid more restrictions.

“If cases begin to go up again, …it’s important to recognize that more mitigation efforts, such as what were implemented back in March, may be needed again,” stated CDC spokesman Jay C. Butler.

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