Safety recommendations for Super Bowl gatherings

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. --The Super Bowl is less than a week away and the C-D-C has guidelines in place to help everyone celebrate the big game safely.

Dr. Mark Fox, the Health Deputy Officer with the St. Joseph County Health Department said masking and putting communal food dishes in separate plates and utensils can make small gatherings safer.

The CDC recommends people bring their own food and drinks to gatherings. However, Dr. Fox mentioned that might not be ideal. Instead, he recommends the host should have individual servings and avoid communal plates of things like chips, pizza, and wings.

Dr. Fox said an increase in COVID cases is a possibility after Super Bowl Sunday and that there’s a couple of factors at play.

“There are a lot of positive things and yet if we gather in ways that are unsafe or unwise we run the risk of really, reversing all those very positive trends,” Dr. Fox said.

The safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl, according to the CDC is to hold a virtual gathering to connect with friends and family.

But if you do get together in-person, have hand sanitizer readily available, stay six feet apart and try to avoid shouting and yelling at the television while you watch the game.

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