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49ers may need temporary home because of new COVID-19 rules

49ers may need temporary home because of new COVID-19 rules”

The 49ers' plans have been plunged into chaos after Santa Clara (Calif.) County banned all contact sports for three weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ban comes as COVID-19 cases in California and the Bay Area increase. "People can continue to engage in outdoor athletics and recreation where social distancing can be maintained at all times".

The stringent new social-distancing measures have left the 49ers in limbo, with Kyle Shanahan's side due to host back-to-back games behind closed doors - vs. the Bills on December 7 and Washington on December 13.

The new restrictions came a day after Los Angeles County imposed a lockdown calling for 10 million residents to stay home "as much as possible", prohibiting them from gathering with people outside of their household for public or private occasions, except for faith-based services and protests.

The Coliseum "is not a viable option" for the 49ers to play games following Santa Clara County's latest health order issued in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, The Athletic's Lindsay Jones reported Saturday, citing a source.

The newest and more strict change to the health protocols is a mandatory directive on travel, which strongly discourages leisure and non-essential travel, and requires persons entering the county to quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel of more than 150 miles. Under the rules, the team would need to find an alternate place to play those games as well as to hold their practices.

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Health officials confirmed that means that the 49ers will not be allowed to play home games at Levi's Stadium.

A person familiar with the situation said the National Football League and 49ers prepared possible back-up plans before the season in case the Niners needed to move their operations and have an National Football League stadium ready for games.

Williams also revealed he has contacted the teams affected, however, like the 49ers, none immediately responded to requests for comment. It stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season by reducing the number of people allowed in stores to 10% capacity. It's unclear if the new quarantine order will impact the team. Stanford and San Jose State football and basketball, Santa Clara basketball and the NHL's San Jose also play home games in Santa Clara County.

Stanford said in a statement that they are aware of Santa Clara County's announcement and remain "in close communication with University and County officials at this time on appropriate next steps".

"Our case rates have been surging since November". "The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity very soon if current trends continue".



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