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Canada has started to ban public gatherings of more than 250 people

Canada is starting to officially ban public gatherings, effective immediately.

Quebec, Alberta and B.C. announced on Thursday that gatherings of more than 250 people will no longer be permissible due to the growing spread of COVID-19 across Canada.

The ban will prohibit concerts, community events and sports — although the NHL, the NBA, ATP and PGA Tour have officially suspended their seasons, anyway.

Notably, however, the ban will not affect grocery stores, malls, airports, places of worship or schools.

Still, many Canadian universities are already shutting down, as have public schools in Ontario and Quebec.

Canada has yet to impose any federal bans on public gatherings, but the government has released guidelines on when to cancel events which take into account crowd density, exit routes and available medical staff.

Although Ontario has yet to officially ban public gatherings, the province's chief medical officer Dr. David Williams is urging the government to do so.

Parliament has been suspended for five weeks following the outbreak of coronavirus.

Live Nation has also suspended all performances across Canada in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

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