Riverside County health officials warn against Super Bowl Sunday gatherings

Health officials want to make sure Super Bowl doesn’t become a super spreader. Riverside County health officials remind residents that parties and other social gatherings make for fast ways to spread coronavirus and urge the community to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday responsibly.

While hospitalizations are decreasing from the sharp December and January surge, several local hospitals are still significantly impacted. “We’re not out of the woods yet and we don’t want to lose the progress we’ve made,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside University Health System – Public Health.

Governor Gavin Newsom lifted California’s regional coronavirus stay-at-home order on January 22. Riverside County remains in the most restrictive “Purple Tier,” which prohibits mixing multiple households indoors. No more than three households are permitted to socialize outdoors.

Health officials urge residents to limit possible exposure to the virus by reducing the number of people they have contact with during Super Bowl Sunday. “If we all continue to wear masks, keep six feet of distance from others, and get vaccinated, then we can make it back faster to these important pastimes and traditions,” said Saruwatari.


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