If you’re planning to attend February 13th’s Super Bowl, you might want to get busy coordinating your clothes.
You’ll need a team-colored shirt, jacket, hat, socks…and medical mask.
As reported by CNN, this year’s stadium shindig will be an anonymous affair: Everyone’s faces will be obscured.
And that’s too bad, because the location is the “Land of the Beautiful People.” The event’s being held in that haven of iconic American liberty, Los Angeles.
Hence, per LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, vaccination booths will be set up outside — providing first, second, or booster doses of the country’s favorite pharmaceutical fix.
But the game will bear more than muzzles and Moderna. Tests will also be on offer.
From NFL Communications:
- Fans who are not fully vaccinated need to provide proof of a recent negative test result to enter the South Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
- The negative test must have been taken 24 hours if rapid antigen test or 48 hours if PCR and is required for anyone ages two (2) and older.
- Anyone not vaccinated that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days, will still need proof of negative test to enter.
- Fans arriving to receive a booster dose will be able to enter with proof of their full vaccination status.
The National Football League will hand out more than 60,000 COVID assessment kits in advance.
So get vaccinated or get tested, and mask up for a night of fun and frivolity.
But if you’re concerned your face cloth might be insufficient, the league’s got you covered — literally.
All you triple-vaxxers can have your punums quintuple-cloaked.
LA County will issue each Super Bowl LVI attendee a 5-layer KN95 mask.
— Daily In-Stock Deals (@dailyinstock) January 27, 2022
Sports has really changed its look over the last couple years.
Black Lives Matter became a political player in the athletic arena:
And sports medicine triumphantly took hold:
BREAKING: #NFL announces new Covid-19 protocols:
– Fully vaccinated/ asymptomatic players/ staff don’t have to test weekly. (Those unvaccinated still test)
– High risk players who wish to opt out of season have until 2pm ET Monday.
– Enhanced symptom screening
— Kayla Burton (@Kay_Breezy22) December 18, 2021
And now — in our 97th week of 15 Days to Slow the Spread — masks are mandatory in that petri dish known as the Super Bowl.
But magic at the SoFi Stadium may make up for it.
Indeed, where risk is concerned, there’s some real voodoo going on.
According to LA County’s guidelines, it would seem, there are multiple possible scenarios depending on whether fans follow the rules:
- 70,000 people will risk their lives unmasked.
- 70,000 people will be safe while masked.
- 70,000 people will be safe while unmasked, because they’re holding hot dogs.
[A]ttendees…will be reminded to keep their face coverings up at all times unless drinking or eating, said…Barbara Ferrer Tuesday.
#FollowTheScience, football fans.
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