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Super Bowl Parties Could Be Coronavirus ‘Super-Spreader’ Events — So Don’t Throw One, City Urges

Don't gather and don't invite people into your home, officials say. People can still celebrate the football game by getting takeout from a favorite bar or restaurant.

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CHICAGO — Nobody should host a Super Bowl party this weekend in Chicago, the city is urging.

Instead, Chicagoans should keep taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus: Don’t gather and don’t invite people into your home. People can still celebrate the football game by getting takeout from a favorite bar or restaurant, according to a news release from the Mayor’s Office.

The city warned Super Bowl parties — and gatherings of any kind — increase the risk for spreading COVID-19. Chicago has seen new cases, deaths and its positivity rate drop significantly since a second wave hit in October and November, but those figures remain higher than they were in the summer.

“We have made so much progress in recent weeks – now is not the time to let down our guard,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I’ll be watching the game with my wife and daughter at home, and I call on all Chicagoans to do the same and avoid gatherings. Let’s not make the Super Bowl a super-spreader event!”

Super Bowl parties of any kind are “strongly discouraged” during the weekend — and any kind of indoor gathering at a home can only have 10 people or fewer, according to the city’s coronavirus safety protocols.

People who do have guests over should stay 6 feet away from them and wear face coverings, according to the Mayor’s Office.

People who go to bars or restaurants should follow the city’s safety rules, which means there can only be six people per table and the tables must stay 6 feet apart, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Investigators from the city’s business department will be out to see if businesses are complying with the city’s rules during the weekend.

This year’s Super Bowl will see the Kansas City Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game starts 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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