San Francisco 49ers May Have to Move Games After Santa Clara County Places Temporary Ban on Contact Sports

by Jennifer Shea
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Santa Clara County, California is banning all high school, collegiate and professional sports due to surging coronavirus cases in the state. And that decision may leave the San Francisco 49ers without a place to play football.

The ban takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday. It lasts for three weeks, USA Today Sports reported.

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

The 49ers play their home games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The order banning contact sports passed along with new capacity limits for indoor businesses. There’s also a mandatory quarantine for anyone who travels into the area from more than 150 miles away. The quarantine order would affect the 49ers, who have to play games out of state.

“That means that for those teams, they will not be able to play games or have practices where they have direct contact,” county counsel James Williams told the San Jose Mercury News.

The 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams on the road Sunday. But they have home games for two weeks after the ban takes effect, against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team. 

“I know this is not what any of us want to hear, nor is this situation one any of us want to be in, but here we are,” Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody told the Mercury News.

San Francisco and San Mateo counties have introduced similar restrictions. That will make it tough for the 49ers to find an alternate space.

Santa Clara County saw 760 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. The county has seen a total of 33,732 cases since the pandemic began.

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