An already tough National Football League season is getting tougher for it San Francisco 49ers.
That NFL, already reeling from having to move the Thanksgiving Day match between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers twice because of Covid-19 concerns, now may have to find a home for the 49ers to finish their season.
On Saturday, Santa Clara County, the home of the 49ers and their home at Levi’s Stadium, imposed the problem on Saturday by creating enhanced Covid-19 guidelines for professional, college and youth sports. That means there are no contact sports anywhere in the area.
The ban includes a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling to the country from a distance of more than 150 miles. New orders will start Monday.
“All recreational activities involving physical contact or proximity to people outside the home, including all contact sports, will be temporarily prohibited,” the order said. “People can continue to do athletics and outdoor recreation by maintaining social distancing at all times.”
The 49ers have two home fixtures to be affected, including December 7 against the Buffalo Bills Monday night and December 13 against the Washington Football Team. The game had to be moved, and the team had to find a new training facility outside the area.
James Williams, a Santa Clara County adviser, said at a press conference today that no one was exempt from the new rules.
“[This] “will temporarily stop activities that require physical contact or direct interaction in Santa Clara,” said Williams. “So that means that for those teams, they won’t be able to play games or do training where they have direct contact within the county.”
The new health guidelines have also influenced the Stanford and San Jose State football teams, and the NHL San Jose Sharks. Stanford has home games scheduled for December 12, while San Jose State has home games set for December 5 and 12.
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