Dr. Anthony Fauci is giving Americans advice on how they can celebrate during the upcoming Super Bowl.
“Today’s” Savannah Guthrie asked Fauci on Wednesday what his message is to Americans as they consider gathering for the event.
“Enjoy the game, watch it on television, but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household. As much fun as it is to get together on a big Super Bowl party now is not the time to do that,” Fauci said.
He added, “Watch the game and enjoy it, but do it with your family or with people that are in your household.”
Watch his remarks below:
“Enjoy the game, watch it on television, but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household.” -Dr. Anthony Fauci advises against gathering for #SuperBowl parties this weekend pic.twitter.com/d5ab4VNRUd— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 3, 2021
Fauci stressed on Friday, mask-wearing and social distancing will be crucial during the Super Bowl, as IJR reported.
Twenty-two thousand fans will be allowed to attend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs matchup.
Fauci said he approves of the number of fans “as long as they wear masks and as long as there’s physical distancing. That’s the point.”
He continued, “You can’t have people (sitting close) now given the level of infection, but mask wearing and limited capacity seating I think is reasonable since it’s an outdoor event which really, really makes a difference.”
NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills confirmed the league will be giving KN-95 standard masks to fans in attendance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week also urged Americans to avoid gathering for the Super Bowl.
“Attending large gatherings like the Super Bowl increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to watch the Super Bowl this year is at home with people you live with,” the guidelines read.