Super Bowl LVI 2022: will there be special covid-19 restrictions for Omicron?
Covid-19 restrictions in California have been eased but guidance for mega-events must be followed by everyone who attends the game at SoFi Stadium.
Covid-19 cases in California have been trending downwards over the past two weeks and the state lifted most of its mandatory restrictions and its colour-coded tier system last summer. According to current data, daily cases are running at around 11,000 new infections per day in Los Angeles County.
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Restrictions for large-scale public events
Restrictions vary by county and also for large-scale public “mega-events” - outdoor events with 5,000 or more people. Also, while covid-19 cases may be waning in California, people travel from all over the country to attend the Super Bowl so there will be some attendees from areas where transmissions are still high.
A capacity crowd of over 100,000 is expected to attend Super Bowl LVI which means it is considered a “mega-event”. Fans will need to adhere to the health and safety protocols in public settings in compliance with Los Angeles County public health guidelines plus the restrictions in place for everyone who enters SoFi Stadium on the day of the game.
The CDPH recommends that venue and event operators require attendees aged 2 years to wear a mask irrespective of their vaccination status - the mask mandate is in place until 15 February. It advises wearing surgical masks or higher-level respirators (N95, KN95, KF94), these can be removed for eating and drinking. The NFL will supply free KN95 masks to all workers and attendees at the Super Bowl while touch-free hand sanitiser stations will be positioned at numerous points in and around the stadium.
On entry to the stadium, spectators will need to either show proof that they are fully vaccinated, or proof of a recent negative covid-19 test.
How to verify vaccination status
Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card)
A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document
A photo of the client's vaccine card stored on a mobile phone or electronic device
Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider
Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type
Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.
Message from the Mayor
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. urged those who will be attending Super Bowl LVI to think of others as well as themselves, “There’s this thing called personal responsibility,” Butts said at a press briefing last Wednesday. “You can’t force everybody to wear a mask all the time .In the end, it’s the responsibility of the people to take care of themselves, their families and their friends.”