The 49s banned play in the stadium based on the county’s new virus restrictions


The new county restrictions will ban San Francisco 49s from practicing or playing at the team’s stadium for three weeks as cases of the coronavirus accelerate in Santa Clara County.

County officials introduced restrictions banning contact sports from Monday, Dec. 21. The new rules come after the county reported 760 new cases on Saturday, ABC News reports. County health officer Sara Cody said hospital care is also on the rise, doubling since mid-November, reaching a record 239 on Saturday.

“The proportion of our cases has been rising since November. In fact, among the counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, the proportion of cases is the highest,” he told a news conference.

“We are aware of the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health’s emergency directive,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are working with the NFL and our partners on operational plans and will share the details as they are confirmed.”

According to ABC, the rules, in addition to preventing Levi’s Stadium from playing and practicing, are forcing the Stanford Cardinals to move or postpone their December 12 scheduled game.

County restrictions also require mandatory two-week quarantines for anyone traveling more than 150 miles. It’s unclear if this applies to the 49ers ’Sunday game against the Rams in Los Angeles.

The new rules restrict the use of hotels to healthcare workers and patients separately or in quarantine, as well as essential travel. According to ABC News, there are restrictions on holding outdoor gatherings for 100 people.

“This epidemic is like a high-speed train, and our forecasts say we’ll be about to finish by the third week of December if we don’t apply the brakes with full force,” Cody said.