NFL San Francisco 49s Banned from Home Games in Santa Clara County – Deadline


The already difficult National Football League season only got harder for the San Francisco 49ers.

The NFL, after already having to relocate Thanksgiving Day twice between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers due to Covid-19’s concerns, may now have to find a home for the 49 to end the season.

On Saturday, Santa Clara County, home to the 49s and home of Levi’s Stadium, forced the problem on Saturday with the development of improved Covid-19 guidelines for professional, dormitory and youth sports. This means that there is no contact sport in any place in the county.

The ban includes a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from more than 150 miles to the county. New orders start on Monday.

“All leisure activities in the immediate vicinity of physical contact or persons outside the household, including all contact sports, are temporarily prohibited,” the regulation states. “People can continue to engage in outdoor athletics and leisure activities where social distance is always sustainable.”

The 49ers have scheduled two home games to be affected, including a Monday night on December 7 against the Buffalo Bills and a December 13 against the Washington Football Team. These games need to be relocated and the team needs to find new practice opportunities outside the county.

Santa Clara County Councilor James Williams said at a news conference today that no one is exempt from the new rules.

“[This] it temporarily suspends activities that require a direct physical connection or interaction in Santa Clara, ”Williams said. “So that means these teams can’t play games or practice where they’re in direct contact within the county.”

The new health guidelines will also affect Stanford and San Jose State football teams as well as the NHL San Jose Sharks team. Stanford will have home games on Dec. 12, while San Jose State will have home games on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.