Plans are moving forward for the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the NFL and a top state health official said Wednesday, despite rising COVID-19 infections that have forced the delay or adjustment of various public events and Hollywood awards shows. To combat the continued COVID-19 Pandemic, Super Bowl attendees will be given K95 masks and advised to wear them at all times during the event.
The masks — KN95 varieties — will be handed out as part of health and safety plans ahead of the Feb. 13 game.
L.A. County’s health officer order requires that patrons, customers and guests wear masks at “outdoor mega events,” now defined as those hosting 5,000 or more people, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. The more things change the more they stay same apparently.
“Masks are required at all times to enter all of the events, to be in common areas, to purchase at concession stands and at indoor shops,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
The county’s health order does not dictate the type of masks that spectators are required to wear and does not instruct fans to use the masks that will be provided. But California health officials have been increasingly urging residents and workers to use higher-quality face masks to give themselves an extra layer of protection.
Additionally, attendees at the big game will need to show they’ve either been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for the coronavirus — another long-standing requirement for events of its size. L.A. County issued that requirement in October.
The NFL plans to offer free rapid testing at SoFi Stadium so attendees can get results before they enter the venue.