The San Francisco 49ers and different groups might must discover a non permanent new house after Santa Clara County on Saturday banned all contact sports activities from holding video games and practices for the subsequent three weeks.
County officers issued the directives in response to rising instances of the coronavirus within the space. The principles take impact Monday and can final till Dec 21.
The 49ers have house video games scheduled for Dec. 7 in opposition to Buffalo and Dec. 13 in opposition to Washington at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The crew additionally practices at that web site within the county. The crew had no fast touch upon the brand new guidelines.
The principles additionally will affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHLand faculty groups at Stanford and San Jose State.
“For those teams, they will not be able to play games or have practices where they have direct contact, within the county,” Santa Clara County counsel James Williams stated.
Williams stated he has been in contact with the groups. None instantly responded to requests for remark.
Together with banning contact sports activities, the brand new guidelines additionally require anybody who has travelled greater than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days. The 49ers are enjoying Sunday on the Los Angeles Rams however will return from that journey earlier than the principles go into impact at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
“This pandemic is like a high-speed train, and our projections tell us that we are on target to derail by around the third week of December,” stated Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “If we don’t apply brakes, right now with all our collective might.”
Cody stated Santa Clara County has the best case fee within the Bay Space, resulting in the stricter guidelines. If the opposite counties do not observe, the 49ers might look to play on the Oakland Coliseum — the Raiders’ outdated house — or presumably the Giants’ baseball stadium in San Francisco.
The NHL hasn’t introduced a date for the beginning of coaching camp however the Sharks have stated they might look into alternate websites if wanted. A number of Sharks gamers have been holding casual exercises on the crew facility in small teams.
Stanford and San Jose State even have a number of sports activities in season. The Cardinal have one scheduled house soccer sport left on Dec. 12 in opposition to Oregon State.
The Spartans have house soccer video games on Dec. 5 in opposition to Hawaii and Dec. 11 in opposition to Nevada. San Jose State practiced earlier than the season a couple of hundred miles away at Humboldt State due to restrictions in Santa Clara County.