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How to stay safe while watching the Super Bowl

How to stay safe while watching the Super Bowl
Posted at 6:47 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 13:48:05-05

SOUTHERN COLORADO — This Sunday, America will be tuning in to the biggest football game of the year!

Beyond the love of the sport, some of us are also in it for the experience! Whether it be the food, the commercials, half-time show, or even just being with friends.

But with the pandemic raging, it's important to keep safety in mind. So, we're highlighting some ways you can safely enjoy the Super Bowl and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The safest way to watch the Super Bowl this year is with people you already live with. However, if you are planning on getting together with people outside of your household, here are some tips from the CDC to avoid any party fouls:

  • Host an outdoor viewing party. We know gathering outside is safer than inside and all you really need is a projector and a sheet.
  • Use a noisemaker instead of shouting when your quarterback throws a touchdown. Remember, the virus ejecting from your mouth increases the spread of COVID-19.
  • Try to avoid the half-time bathroom rush.

"Enjoy the show, and go when there isn't much action in the game," said NBC Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres. "The idea is to avoid crowding and close contact with others."

This tip is for hosts: Don't serve buffet style food. Instead, leave out pre-packaged snacks and individual food plates for folks to pick up.

If you're a potential party-goer and you're feeling sick, simply stay home and order in. If you're going out, remember the basics: Wear a layered mask, stay six feet apart, and wash your hands often.

Here are more detailed guidelines from the CDC on small gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/small-gatherings.html.