California says gatherings of more than 250 people should be canceled

The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday events with 250 people or more, including concerts, conferences, and sports events, should be canceled or postponed “for at least the remainder of the month of March.” Additionally, smaller gatherings “held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person,” such as those that take place in crowded auditoriums, should also be canceled.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in a statement said, “Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know. That’s the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease.”