Don’t drink or cheer: CDC issues Super Bowl party recommendations

by Peter Heck · Feb 2nd, 2021 12:20 pm

Last Updated Feb 3rd, 2021 at 9:29 pm

With Super Bowl LV now just days away, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a list of guidelines for Americans wanting to watch safely without contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC recommended holding outdoor watch parties rather than congregating with others inside. Given that in many areas of the country outdoor parties would be taking place in extremely cold temperatures, the CDC reminded that scarves and ski masks were not sufficient face coverings to stop the virus. They advised wearing proper masks underneath those cold weather items, while also bringing a spare mask in case the first one becomes damp from snow or rain.

The CDC also stressed the continued importance of social distancing, even to the point of strategically planning bathroom trips in order to avoid "using restroom facilities…at high traffic times, such as half-time or immediately at the end of the event."

Among the other recommendations, partygoers were cautioned to "avoid chanting or cheering." In place of verbal expressions of excitement, the health agency recommended stomps, claps, or handheld noisemakers. Alcohol consumption was also listed as something to avoid.

"Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures," the infectious disease agency said in its guidelines.

Other suggestions included:

  • Confirm that the venue has a COVID-safety plan in place
  • Arrive early to avoid crowding
  • Wear masks at all times
  • Use touchless payment methods


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