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CDC Issues Super Bowl Party Guidelines, Such As Limiting Alcohol And Not Cheering

"Avoid chanting or cheering. Stomp, clap, or bring hand-held noisemakers instead."

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KANSAS CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 02: Fans cheer on the Chiefs at the Power and Light District as the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on February 2, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by
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Want to cheer on your favorite NFL team during Sunday’s Super Bowl? Well, don’t.

That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in new guidelines about the big game.

“Avoid chanting or cheering. Stomp, clap, or bring hand-held noisemakers instead,” the CDC says.

The health agency also suggested holding outdoor watch parties, but says in cold weather, masks should be worn underneath scarves or ski masks, and people should carry a spare mask in case the first one gets wet from snow or rain. Even outdoors, fans should avoid close contact with anyone who is not part of their own household and should wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.

The CDC also has tips for people who choose to attend the Super Bowl or a larger event like a watch party, including limiting alcohol consumption (“Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures.”). The guidelines also recommend planning your bathroom and snack trips strategically by avoiding “using restroom facilities or concession areas at high traffic times, such as half-time or immediately at the end of the event.”

Other tips include:

  • Call the venue to ensure that they have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Follow signage at the venue to allow for social distancing.
  • Arrive to the venue early to avoid crowding and congested areas.
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  • Avoid using restroom facilities or concession areas at high traffic times, such as half-time or immediately at the end of the event.
  • Avoid chanting or cheering. Stomp, clap, or bring hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Wear masks at all times.
  • Use touchless payment methods at the venue when available.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Minimize the time you spend in the restaurant, bar or concession area. The longer you stay, the more you increase your risk.

The agency offered several other tips, including bringing your own food:

  • Eat outdoors, if possible. You are less likely to get or spread COVID-19 during outdoor activities.
  • Minimize the time you spend in the restaurant, bar or concession area. The longer you stay, the more you increase your risk.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, and condiment packets, if possible.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
  • Avoid self-serve and buffet style food options.
  • Use a touchless garbage can, if available.

Last month, the CDC reported that nearly six in 10 new COVID-19 infections are spread by people who show no symptoms of the virus. The CDC study found that asymptomatic people made up about 24% of all transmissions. Meanwhile, pre-symptomatic individuals, those who have contracted the virus but do not yet have symptoms, accounted for 35% of new cases.

Related: CDC Study: 59% Of New COVID-19 Infections Transmitted By People With No Symptoms

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