COVID-19 Outbreak: Pittsburgh bans gatherings of more than 50 people

    The Pittsburgh skyline, viewed from the Duquesne Incline. (Dllu/WikiMedia Commons)

    By Charlie Deitch

    On Sunday night, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people.

    Peduto already had issued an executive order imposing several mandates taking effect [Monday], including a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people.

    According to a statement:

    The City of Pittsburgh, following protocols announced this evening by the Centers for Disease Control, is now prohibiting all public gatherings of 50 or more people, to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

    On Friday the City announced all events of 250 people or more would be prohibited starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. That ban is now expanded to require the cancellation of all gatherings of 50 or more people in the city. 

    This [Sunday] evening the Allegheny County Health Department has additionally called for a voluntary 14-day closure of all non-essential businesses in the County, starting tomorrow, March 16. More information can be found here at the Health Department website. 

    Charlie Deitch is editor of the Pittsburgh Current, where this story first appeared