Santa Clara County Bans Contact Sports Due to New COVID-19 Orders, 49ers Games in Doubt
On Saturday, Santa Clara County officials banned all contact sports from holding games and conducting practices for the next three weeks, jeopardizing two 49ers' home games.
The temporary ban comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the San Francisco Bay area; Santa Clara County officials announced 760 new cases of COVID-19 and 239 COVID-related hospitalizations, 71 of whom are in the ICU.
The ban also includes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers upon return to the County who drove more than 150 miles.
The temporary ban also affects the San Jose Sharks, and the Stanford Cardinals and San Jose State football teams.
The 49ers have two remaining home games, one on Dec. 7 versus the Buffalo Bills and Dec. 13 against the Washington Football Team.
Hotels and other lodging facilities will be open only for essential travel and for use to facilitate isolation or quarantine.