Los Angeles County is working with the National Football League (NFL) to host the Super Bowl without crowd restrictions, county health officials announced Jan. 6.
On the same day, the county’s public health department warned the public that Super Bowl parties can be COVID-19 super-spreader events and advised residents to stay away from them.
The football Super Bowl is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
“We are working closely with the NFL to welcome the Super Bowl to LA County,” a spokesperson from the county’s health department told The Epoch Times in an email. “And while we cannot provide certainty for the future, we do not anticipate capacity limits at sporting events.”
The department issued a public warning about attending Super Bowl parties, however.
“Public Health warns Super Bowl parties can become super-spreader events. Please plan to enjoy this year’s Super Bowl without putting yourself or your friends, family and neighbors at risk,” the county’s health department said in a release.
Department officials said these kinds of gatherings in the past have resulted in a tragic surge in cases, an overwhelmed healthcare system, and many deaths.
LA County reported 27 new deaths and over 26,000 new cases of COVID-19 as of Jan. 5. Currently, over 2,000 county residents were hospitalized with the virus.
To date, the department has identified over 1.1 million positive cases in the county and has attributed nearly 18,000 deaths to the virus.
“Cases and hospitalizations are going down, but remain high, and we cannot afford to engage in risky activities that could result in this virus spreading more easily,” health officials said in a release.