Superbowl attendees will need to wear masks at all times

Attendees for the upcoming Super Bowl LVI will be required to wear masks during the game at SoFi stadium unless they are eating or drinking.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced on Tuesday that KN95 masks will be distributed to fans with standard COVID protocols expected to be followed. 

Prior to the event on February 13, 60,000 free take home test kits are also being distributed to fans at the Super Bowl Experience at the LA Convention Center starting the weekend before.

In addition, the county is also setting up vaccination sites at the event and is offering free admission into the Convention Center for those who receive a dose.

Fans attending the NFL’s championship game will also be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test but there will be no capacity restrictions at the 70,240-seat venue in Inglewood, California. 

As part of the county’s restrictions, if anyone refuses to wear a mask after being told by facility stuff the offense could carry a $250 fine.  

‘Our partnership with the NFL allows people to come together safely and experience the very best of American football,’ Ferrer said. 

‘Straightforward public health measures including vaccinations, testing, masking and hand hygiene make it possible for so many to enjoy the Super Bowl Experience.

‘We thank the NFL and all the fans for taking care of each other throughout the football season and look forward to welcoming everyone to an extraordinary Super Bowl in beautiful Los Angeles.’ 

DailyMail.com reached out to SoFi Stadium for comment.  

The only time fans will be allowed to remove their masks is for eating or drinking purposes. Fans are seen donning masks for last year’s Super Bowl at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The news comes as several LA County COVID-19 metrics are showing decline, including daily cases, daily case rate, positivity rate and hospitalizations, according to health officials.

‘This downward trend is encouraging and signals that we are likely to pass the peak of Omicron transmission and are beginning to see a real decline in the number of newly infected individuals,’ Ferrer added.

Health officials also said that while the declines are a positive sign, residents should not take them as an indication to forgo common sense protective measures like masks. 

‘For people who have taken all their precautions, are willing to layer in, they’re keeping their masks on when they’re out and about, they’re being super careful about testing before gathering with high-risk individuals, a lot of the activities that are available are relatively safe,’ she said.

‘I don’t think there’s sort of a solution any longer that says everyone has to do everything the same.

‘I think we need to have a tailored approach. We need to stay very focused on increasing vaccination coverage for first, second and third doses, and then work to make sure people know how to layer in those protections.’

KN95 face masks will be distributed to attendees at the upcoming event

KN95 face masks will be distributed to attendees at the upcoming event 

All fans must show proof of vaccination or a negative test before entering SoFi stadium on February 13

All fans must show proof of vaccination or a negative test before entering SoFi stadium on February 13

This comes after the Los Angeles area saw an increasing trend of cases and hospitalizations during the peak period of the Omicron variant.  

‘As of a week ago, hospitals were getting fuller and fuller,’ Dr. Nancy Gin, a regional medical director for quality for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, said at a recent community briefing.

‘But just in the last few days, we have seen that across the country — and in Southern California, we’re experiencing the same — there appears to have been a cresting of COVID activities in the hospital.

‘And we seem to be just at that crest and starting to go on the downward side.’

As of Wednesday, there have been 53,176 new cases recorded as well as 89 new deaths.

Additionally, 69.81 percent of California state residents have been fully vaccinated.  

COVID deaths around the country have continued to rise with the nation averaging 2,259 deaths per day this week which is the highest since February 17 of last year. 

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, daily cases have dropped by 13 percent over the past seven days, down to 639,723 per day from 773,771 per day. 

It appears that the U.S. is beyond the peak of the Omicron surge with cases eclipsing 800,000 per day last week then coming down again quickly.

The drop in cases has not been as pronounced in the U.S. as it has in other nations like the UK and South Africa due to the large size and spread out nature of the country.

All attendees for the upcoming Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California will be required to wear masks for the duration of the game

All attendees for the upcoming Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California will be required to wear masks for the duration of the game

The recent decline in cases has been long predicted by health officials. Omicron arrived in the U.S. around the time of its discovery in late-November, and quickly caused cases to spike especially in major population centers like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Cases are starting to decline in these areas as the variant is burning out. The highly infectious, vaccine resistant, strain of the virus infected so many people so quickly that it started to run out of people to transmit to.

All across the East Coast, cases are falling. New York and New Jersey – which both suffered massive surges of cases last month due to rampant transmission in the Big Apple. Both states are now recording case drops of around 70 percent over the past two weeks.

Even southern states like Georgia, Florida and South Carolina that were among those hardest struck by the variant when it arrived stateside at the end of last year are either recording declining cases or significantly smaller increases than they were in previous weeks.

The Omicron variant is more mild than previous strains of the virus as well, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data Tuesday highlighting the low mortality rate of the variant when compared to previous strains.

A study published by the CDC found that despite the peak of the Omicron variant including 400 percent more cases at its peak, deaths were actually down four percent when compared to the height of the Delta-fueled outbreak.

‘COVID-19 disease severity appears to be lower during the Omicron period than during previous periods of high transmission, likely related to higher vaccination coverage, which reduces disease severity, lower virulence of the Omicron variant, and infection-acquired immunity,’ researchers wrote.       

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